We offer a one-off consultation service for parents and organisations interested in an initial discussion. This may lead to further assessment or signposting to other NHS or statutory services.
Good quality assessment is a key part of any successful intervention. We follow professional practice guidelines to ensure a thorough initial assessment is carried out in order to identify concerns and agree on how to move forward. We work in partnership with families and carers to gain a good understanding of their needs and concerns and are able to liaise with other professionals as required. A comprehensive assessment will usually take between 2 and 6 hourly sessions.
The assessment will help:
– outline areas of need or challenge
– provide an understanding of how the problem has come about
– identify the need for more specialist assessment
– inform a psychologically based intervention
Assessment sessions may involve:
– meetings with parents
– joint meetings with parents and children
– home-visits and observations in the school environment if appropriate
– sessions with the child/young person (dependant on age, need, & preference).
Formal tools such as questionnaires or standardized assessment of a child’s intellectual functioning/developmental skills, mood and behaviour may be part of this assessment.
Our interventions are evidenced-based and are led by good professional practice and the needs of the child and family. We continually monitor our practice with clients and professionals and where appropriate set clear goals and outcomes for our work. We have significant experience in working with a range of intervention techniques and draw ideas from key therapeutic styles and approaches including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Integrative working
- Narrative therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Rogerian model of counselling
- Systemic ideas
- Psychodynamic principles
We offer consultation, supervision and training to professionals. We also facilitate workshops on a range of topics including:
- Chronic and/or life-limiting illness and its impact on psychological wellbeing
- Child development and related issues
(feeding, toileting, sleeping and behavioural concerns.
- The psychological impact of abuse
(specific trauma presentation)
Where possible, training is tailored to suit the needs of the service or setting.
Our practice is informed by professional guidelines published by our professional bodies, British Psychological Society and HCPC, as well as NICE guidelines and the Devon Safeguarding Board.
Our sessions are confidential in accordance with good practice and professional guidelines: relevant and appropriate information will be recorded in an individual and confidential file. This file will be kept in a locked cabinet in our office. Information will not be shared with other individuals, professionals or agencies without agreement unless there are concerns about an individual’s safety.