Clarity on the way forward
A chance for us to discuss the current situation and decide what might be needed. Send me an email and we can book a free 15 min consultation (usually by google meet). You can also leave a message on my voicemail and I will get back to you.
Cost: First 15 minutes - Free.
Clarity on next steps
Following the free consultation, the initial assessment involves gathering background information, completing any relevant screening questionnaires or outcome measures that may be needed and arranging a home visit so I can meet you in order to fully understand the current situation. An initial formulation of the presenting problem is undertaken and an online feedback session arranged to discuss findings and recommendations on next steps.
It might be that a more in-depth assessment and a report is needed because either you want to have a clearer understanding of the 'why' and/or you might require evidence to share with multi-disciplinary teams either to help support applications for additional support/funding, DLA or EHCP applications, to request referrals for further services like evidence to support diagnostic assessment.
The report is therefore written in a collaborative and respectful manner using a holistic approach that takes into account information from a number of sources (eg: home/school/other professionals) to enable the child/young person and their important others to achieve new understandings and find new ways of dealing with problem situations.
It considers relevant information on background & developmental history, historic/current health issues, strengths/difficulties, education & learning and will use assessment/screening/outcome measures. A period of behavioural monitoring may also be required to gather information on functional analysis (why things are happening). A psychological formulation (which differs from diagnosis in that it provides an explanation, rather than a label) is used to communicate an hypothesis and provide a framework for person-centred recommendations.
Behaviour & Therapeutic Support
For those with longer term needs
1:1 Behaviour & Therapeutic Support for children/young people:
This might be more appropriate for those with a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD/neurodiversity, mental health difficulties such as anxiety/depression or where traditional counselling/CBT is not desired/needed or to prepare a person for this intervention. Sessions might include: phone or online calls, home visits, walks, drives or other activities. These sessions are ideal for those who might need longer term behavioural & emotional support and goal/outcome work. Specialist behaviour support for those living in supported living services also available to young people and to their staff team.
Parental Support Session - 45 mins
These provide advice/guidance on preventing and managing difficult situations/issues and be really useful when implementing behavioural strategies following an assessment.
Counselling & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
To make change possible
If you want to understand/resolve the past, learn coping strategies to deal with the present or attract a different future, then counselling/CBT can really help. The purpose of any therapy is to explore and understand how the past has shaped us, it helps facilitate behavioural change, improves relationships and enhances our effectiveness and ability to cope.
Therapy typically involves 3 stages:
1) Assessment. Your opportunity to talk through problems and get an understanding of why they might be there, explore what might maintain the problem and make a plan for how to change things going forward.
2) Interventions. A range of interventions might include: psychoeducation, setting tasks in between sessions to achieve personal goals, putting new learning into practise and using coping strategies.
3) Ending. The aim of any therapy should be to start with the intention that you will become your own therapist! We do this by reviewing what we have learnt, what you might need to do to maintain progress including relapse prevention strategies. Ending therapy can look different for everyone. Some people like to have a clear cut finish, others want to tapper off the sessions slowly and some continue with monthly check-in sessions. It's your journey so it is up to you.
Support for you
I have many years experience of working with people who have complex needs including physical and mental health difficulties, neuro-diversity and challenging behaviour in the following settings: residential services, NHS, prison service, training & development, charitable organisations, clinical team and private practise which means I have a lot of practical knowledge I can share with others. However, I chose to train in relational supervision because it not only supports your work with clients in order to develop your practise, it's focus is to provide a safe space to be you.
For those in the helping profession
Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner Training
27th - 29th November 2021 or 25-27th June 2022
18 hours of training/CPD and tons of free resources!
Gloucester Based Therapy Rooms
Free Lunch and refreshments
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