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My name is Lucy Nathanson, I'm a Child Therapist and founder of specialise in working with children with Selective Mutism (SM).

What do I do?

My work is a combination of working with children directly, advising parents on how to support their child with SM, providing training and intervention plans to schools and speaking at conferences. 

My resources

Confident Children - Selective Mutism Therapy

Online Courses:



I was a speaker at the SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association) conference in March 2015 and 2017.

In April 2016, 2017 and 2018, I was a speaker at a conference (organised by the University of Silesia) held in Katowice, Poland. My presentations were entitled 'Implementing a small steps programme for working with children with selective mutism' and 'An overview of interventions for children with selective mutism'.

In 2019, I co-delivered a workshop in Melbourne Australia, aimed at parents of children with Selective Mutism and school staff.


I have also been a speaker at the SM Help Summit as well as the Early Year's summit.


Other work

In 2016, I worked on the Brave Buddies programme (an intensive therapeutic programme for children with selective mutism) delivered by the Child Mind Institute in New York City, USA.

In 2017, I worked on the WeSpeak programme at Kurtz Psychology in New York, an intensive therapeutic programme for children aged 11-14 with selective mutism.

International work

I offer Online Sessions, having supported parents of children with selective mutism from the UK, USA, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and more.


I have also delivered direct intensive therapy to children internationally, including in the UK, Bulgaria and in Thailand. 

In 2019, I co-founded and delivered the Selective Mutism Group Programme (SMGP) in London, UK and in 2020 I co-delivered the SMGP in Australia.

In order to reach even more children and families, we now have a team of Confident Children practitioners who are passionate and experienced in Selective Mutism.

In 2022, Confident Children was asked to become a SMIRA associate (an associate of the UK SM association).


At Confident Children, our passion and goal is to help as many children with Selective Mutism as possible to find their voice.





Lucy Nathanson
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