What sort of problems do we see?

At Limetrees we see a number of young people and their families who may be experiencing a variety of problems, which may include the following.


Anger can be a positive and negative emotion. It's important to do something with our anger and not bottle it up. Children and young adults may find it difficult to deal with stress, anxiety and day-to-day worries. The consequence may be an increase in anger that then leads to more problems. Limetrees staff may need to help establish the triggers to anger and alternative ways to cope with emotions.


Anxiety is a feeling we get when we respond to a frightening or threatening situation, resulting in physical changes in our body. Young people may experience anxiety as a result of any stressful life events (for example problems at school). In severe cases, youngsters may avoid certain situations that may trigger anxiety symptoms and in turn may require help or advice to help recognise and control theses symptoms.

Attachment difficulties

Attachment is a term used to describe how children develop relationships with their mums and dads. Children who have experienced early trauma or not been looked after well sometimes develop behaviours (e.g. needing to control others) which helped them originally but can cause problems when they are with new carers. These behaviours are sometimes called "attachment difficulties" and we work with both children and carers to find better ways of making relationships.

Attentional problems

Children may experience a range of attentional problems due to many different reasons (for example: learning or developmental issues; stress; anxiety). For other children they may have ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - which involves poor concentration, organisational and attention skills, with overactivity, impulsiveness and socially clumsy behaviour.

Autism spectrum conditions

A child or young person with autism may not see the world the way other people do. In turn this can affect communication, social interaction, imagination and behaviour. Lime Trees staff can provide specialist advice and support to children and families with autistic features.

Behavioural difficulties

Sometimes children and young people demonstrate behaviours such as hitting, kicking, biting, self-injury and disruption of property. These behaviours can put the person and others around them in jeopardy. Sometimes young people and their families need help to identify the causes of this behaviour and alternatively look at strategies to help minimise disruption and distress to everyone.


Children and young people grieve following the death of a parent, sibling, family member or friend. Their expression of grief may be different according to their developmental level, which may confuse people around them. In turn youngsters or families may need to seek professional help/advice to deal with this.


Feeling depressed occasionally is normal. For children and young people its part of the ups and downs of growing up. However, if the feelings intensify, mood level remains low and this interferes with day-to-day life, then the individual may be clinically depressed. Lime Trees may need to be involved to offer information, advice and treatment.

Developmental disorders

Sometimes children have learning disabilities or developmental delay. It may bring about unexpected and challenging issues, both emotionally and practically, for the individual and family. We can explore issues relating to your child’s condition, how to adjust to the diagnosis, whilst providing information and support to the individual and family (or significant others). We can also liaise with other agencies, regarding benefits and how to access support services and local agencies (i.e. sure start, early support programmes, respite care).

Eating disorders

A child or young person that is not eating or overeating, for several months, so that their physical health may be put at high risk. The specialist team may see disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, faddy eating and obesity.

Family problems

Many children and their families often experience problems or difficulties. This may involve one person or more, and in turn this may have an impact on the whole family. For most children or young people their family maintain a crucial influence in their lives. We try to resolve most issues by working with those who know that person best and who are probably the best equipped to help, in order to explore ways forward. This may be done on a 1-1 basis or as part of the family therapy programme.

Obsessional disorders

A disorder involving the repetition of actions, sayings or rituals that must be said or done to avert or abstain from something. Obsessions may include hoarding things, cleanliness, tidying or a fear that something may happen to a loved one. Compulsions may involve rituals, repetitive chants, checking actions, counting or touching. One or more of these symptoms can limit enjoyment, pleasure and general day-to-day routines for young people. Lime Trees staff can offer information and strategies to reduce these behaviours.


Psychosis can seriously affect how a young person thinks, feels and behaves (mainly affecting the ages of 14-35 years). Young people may worry more, lose interest in things they usually enjoy, may isolate themselves from their friends or family and generally present as confused (mainly around what’s real or not). Research suggests that getting help early (from specialist services) gives young people the best chance of getting better.

Self harm

Everyone has problems in their life and often people seek help. For others it may be hard to cope with their feelings and in turn they bottle things up inside. Sometimes young people release this pressure through self-injury such as cutting, burning, bruising themselves, taking an overdose of tablets, pulling hair or picking skin. Limetrees staff aim to help the young person understand the emotions which lead them to injure themselves and to explore more helpful/alternative ways to cope.

Self esteem

Many young people go through times when they feel insecure and lack confidence. The teenage years can be especially stressful, in terms of physical changes, sexual feelings and life changing events. Professional help may be required to help to understand these changes successfully.


Tourette’s Syndrome is when a person has movements and noises which they can’t control. A tic is a muscle movement or noise which the person cannot help making. The tics are fast and happen again and again and they are not done on purpose.