For Parents – FAQs

How will you work with my son/daughter?

The therapeutic work I do can be either through talking and/or by working with creative arts and play materials.

Younger clients will experience Play Therapy – using, for example, sand, toys, paints, clay and puppets – to play through their troubles in much the same way as adolescents and adults might talk through their problems.

Older clients direct the course of discussions during sessions to work on what is important to them at the time.  I am there to support my clients through these discussions and towards reaching a greater self-awareness and understanding.  In this way, new solutions can be found to, sometimes very long-standing, problems.

I think I would like you to work with my child, what do I do next?

Please get in touch by phone or e-mail (details above).  We will have a brief discussion in the first instance so that you can tell me a little more about your son or your daughter and the difficulties they are currently experiencing.

Following our phone discussion, you and I will then have a formal assessment meeting when we will discuss in much more detail your son’s/daughter’s history and experiences.  During this meeting we will complete a strengths and difficulties questionnaire about them to help deepen my understanding.  If, at this stage, we decide that your child starting therapy is the right action to take, an intake form, documenting general contact details, will be completed.  We will also, together, consider setting some hopes/goals for therapy which I will go on to discuss with your son or daughter when I meet them.

What happens once my daughter/son starts therapy?

Once therapy begins we will have regular review meetings – these will usually take place after Session 3 and then after approximately every 6 sessions.  These meetings will enable us to discuss therapeutic progress and provide an opportunity for you to talk about any queries or concerns that you might have.

Will you be able to tell me what happens in sessions?

It is my ethical duty to protect the confidentiality and privacy of my clients.  I, therefore, will not be able to share with you the detailed content of the therapy sessions.  However, at our review meetings we will be able discuss, in general terms, your child’s progress towards desired therapy outcomes.

How long will therapy last?

Duration of therapy varies greatly according need.  In some cases, as few as 10-12 sessions can facilitate positive emotional- and mental-wellbeing growth; however, therapy can be required for up to, and sometimes more than, an academic year for supporting more serious difficulties.  Approximate projected therapy duration will be discussed during the initial assessment meeting and therapeutic progress will be reviewed at regular intervals.

How much do sessions cost?

This is something that we will discuss when we first meet.

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