Information for Parents

If you are a parent with concerns about your child, the initial assessment will be an opportunity for you to attend this first session with your child.

Some of the issues your child may be facing or symptoms they may be showing may include:

Coping with stress and anxiety linked with school such as exams, peer pressure and friendships

Transitions such as divorce or remarriage or death or illness of a parent or close family member or pet

Transitions such as starting school, changing up to secondary school, moving house, starting college or university or choosing options

Significant change in attitude towards school and desire to attend or in their performance

A noticeable difference in affect or mood – excessively tearful, sad, angry or aggressive

Development of physical aches such as headaches or a general feeling of being unwell that have been ruled out by your doctor as not having a medical cause

Change in their sleeping or eating patterns


I provide a selection of play materials including:

  • Miniature animals
  • Sand tray
  • Storytelling
  • Painting or drawing
  • Clay or playdoh
  • Doll's house

Assessment

You and/or your child may experience anxiety as the assessment session approaches, this is normal and I would encourage you to be as honest as possible with your child about the reasons for attending psychotherapy sessions as this will be discussed during the session.

During the assessment I will first meet with you and your child and listen to your concerns. This will include some family history information so I can get a sense of some of the good and difficult events your family have experienced. Regular weekly sessions with the least interruption are important for psychotherapy to be most effective and these will usually be one to one with your child.

Confidential / Reviews

In addition to the regular weekly therapy sessions which last a maximum of 50 minutes, review sessions with parent(s) at around 6-8 weekly intervals is useful.The length of time for therapy varies depending on many factors, though 3-6 months will usually be the shortest and 6-18 months is more usual. Children and young people do tend to be more responsive and open to therapy, however due to the transitions in their development may require longer than their initial symptoms may indicate. I do regular reviews and will keep you informed of progress, though I would ask you to bear in mind confidentiality and the need to respect the relationship between your child and therapist.

After the initial assessment we will agree a timeframe where the majority of the work will involve your child in psychotherapy and you as the parent will be involved with regular reviews – however it will be helpful if you don’t pressure your child to talk about what happens in their sessions.

If you have concerns let me know separate to the session – this time is important and needs to be undisturbed.

Cancellation Policy

I require 48 hours notice of cancellation. If you cannot make an appointment and do not give 48 hours notice I will charge my full fee for the missed session.



Issues Worked With

  • Abuse – emotional, physical & sexual
  • Anxiety
  • Grief & loss
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Violence
  • Exclusion from school
  • Imprisonment of family members
  • Low confidence & self esteem
  • Looked after children or in foster care
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress
  • Trouble Sleeping