Brighton Child Psychology Ltd

Dr Charlotte Flackhill

HCPC Registered Psychologist

'Enhancing Emotional Well-being'

Please contact Brighton Child Psychology to arrange an appointment

About Dr Flackhill

Charlotte is a warm and approachable Clinical Psychologist offering assessment and treatment of psychological distress in children and young people.

Individuals and families often find it helpful to talk through their difficulties with a Clinical Psychologist who can use a wide range of therapeutic techniques to help them find solutions and enhance their emotional well-being.

Dr Charlotte Flackhill started her career at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the Eating Disorders Research Team. On the completion of her first degree in Psychology she worked in an adolescent in-patient unit in Sussex before returning to Great Ormond Street Hospital. After this she spent a couple of years working with adults in Outer London before embarking on a three year doctorate course in Clinical Psychology. This training taught her how to treat a wide spectrum of psychological difficulties from infancy to older age.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004, she has specialised in working with children and young people. She has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in London, West and East Sussex. Charlotte has also had a highly specialist role in the NHS diagnosing Autism in 11-18 year olds with a Psychiatry colleague in East Sussex.

Services Brighton Child Psychology provides

1. Charlotte uses therapy to help people with a wide range of difficulties including:

  • General anxiety
  • Specific fears such as attending school
  • Panic
  • Social anxiety (extreme shyness)
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and 'stuck' habits.
  • Difficulties associated with ASD and ADHD
  • Stress
  • Lack of confidence and poor self esteem
  • Low mood, sadness and depression
  • Difficulties regulating emotions
  • Bereavement, loss and separations
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Problems controlling anger
  • Behavioural difficulties

2. Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Service

Brighton Child Psychology also offers an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Service using gold standard assessment tools such as the ADOS 2 and ADI R in collaboration with a Consultant Psychiatrist.

3. Supervision & Training

Charlotte supervises other Clinical psychologists in private practice and offers Training for schools and other organisations.

Contacting Brighton Child Psychology

Please email Brighton Child Psychology Ltd at

If possible please share a brief outline of why you are getting in touch. If you are requesting an appointment, a mutually convenient appointment time can be arranged.

Assessment / First Appointment

In the first meeting Charlotte will ask quite a few questions to develop an understanding of you as a person as well as any difficulties you have.

If you are contacting her with concerns for your child, Charlotte would advise a parent only appointment in the first instance. A second appointment can be arranged for your child.

Once Charlotte has enough information to develop a clear understanding of your difficulties, which usually takes two appointments, she will make some recommendations about the best way forward.


Decisions about treatment (the form it should take and the best provider) will be made with you and will be based on you and your family's needs, professional practice guidelines and outcome research.

Brighton Child Psychology offers a range of therapies, tailored to the individual. Like most Clinical Psychologists, Charlotte often integrates a range of different psychological models in a way that best meets the unique needs of the individual.

Typically Charlotte's work is informed by the following approaches:

  • EMDR
  • Brainspotting
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Systemic (Family Therapy)

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes. After the assessment, Charlotte will be able to give you an idea of roughly how many therapy sessions will be needed. Most people require between six and ten sessions although this varies tremendously with some needing less and others needing more.

Please note that Brighton Child Psychology Ltd has a 48 hour cancellation policy; where an appointment is cancelled by a client with less than 48 hours notice, the fee for that session will still be payable.

Clinic Location

Brighton Child Psychology therapy sessions take place at one of two clinics:


The Health Professions Council (HCPC) only registers professionals who meet agreed standards for their training, professional skills and behaviour. Charlotte is registered as a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC. Please see The HCPC Website

Dr Flackhill is also registered with the British Psychological Society (Membership No: 87917), where she is recognised as an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS). She is also registered with most of the major Private Healthcare Providers.


Client confidentiality is of the utmost importance to Brighton Child Psychology Ltd; any information shared with us will be treated securely as set out in our privacy statement. Please contact Brighton Child Psychology Ltd for a a copy of the Privacy Statement.

Presentations at Conferences

Children's Services Oxford County Council: Attachment ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) and Anxiety : Stay Curious (2022).

Presentation in Adelaide, Australia to the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia: Coventry Grid Interview - What are Attachment Difficulties and What is Autistic Spectrum Condition? (2021).

Presentation at the University of Cambridge to the Division of Clinical Psychology EAST: From Coventry Grid to CGI: Enhancing our ASC assessments in those with attachment difficulties (2020).

The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) Conference. "ASD, Attachment or Anxiety, How do we know which is which?"(2013).


Flackhill, C., James, S., Soppitt R., Milton, K. (2017). The Coventry Grid Interview (CGI): exploring autism & attachment difficulties. Good Autism Practice, 18, 1, 62-80.

Flack-Hill, C., Hill, R. & Hammond, N. (2006). 'Thinking Choices': A way of working psychologically in an addictions ward. Clinical Psychology Forum, 164, 30-32.


Psychology Sussex

'198' South Coast Conselling & Psychotherapy

07546 155675