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Frequently Asked Questions

Information about the services offered

Who might benefit from our therapeutic services?

Parents and carers often worry about their child if a problem arises which causes them to be sad, disruptive or have difficulty coping with day to day life.

 A bespoke package of support can be arranged to support you and your family to work through, and overcome difficulties.  

Reasons for referral to our therapeutic services?

  • Family breakdown or divorce

  • Domestic abuse

  • Bereavement & loss

  • Anxiety

  • Low Mood or depression

  • Low self esteem or low self confidence

  • Ongoing difficulties with friendships & relationships

  • Poor school attendance or school refusal

  • Parental difficulties with wellbeing and mental health

  • Family relationship difficulties

  • Looked After Children

  • After Adoption

What is the assessment process?

The first step is to contact me for an initial consultation.  We will meet to briefly discuss your concerns and difficulties and make a plan of the best approach and way forward.  
We will discuss together the likely length of support, and plan a date to review.  
We will decide together when the support will end, and there can be options for telephone or email support.

What is the Therapeutic Relationship?

A therapeutic relationship is important to develop in order for us to feel comfortable, safe and understood.  Axline’s (1969) principles guide the therapist within a person-centred approach, the principles are as follows:

The Therapist:

1.Must develop a warm, friendly relationship with the child, in which good rapport is established as soon as possible.
2.Accept the child exactly as he/she is.
3.Establishes a feeling of permissiveness in the relationship so that the child feels free to express feelings completely.
4.Is alert to recognise the feelings the child is expressing and reflects those feelings back to the child in such a manner that they gain insight into their behaviour.
5.Maintains a deep respect for the child's ability to solve their own problems if given an opportunity to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the child's.
6.Does not attempt to direct the child's actions or conversation in any manner. The child leads the way, the therapist follows.
7.Does not attempt to hurry the therapy along. It is a gradual process and is recognised as such by the therapist.
8.Establishes only those limitations that are necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make the child aware of their responsibility in the relationship

All therapeutic sessions will take place at an agreed time and location, which remains the same each week.  This ensures consistency which is key to the development of a trusting and secure relationship.

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