What happens if I make contact?
We would have a conversation with you (by email or phone) about the difficulties you are experiencing and the type of help you require. If you feel that you would like an appointment and we feel that we are able to help, you will be offered an appointment at a convenient time. The initial appointment will be between 60 and 90 minutes where you will be asked to describe the difficulties you are experiencing. Who attends this appointment will be negotiated between you and your therapist. Some families choose for one or both parents to attend this appointment without the child, other families attend with the child, or request that the young person is seen on their own. One of the first 3 sessions would normally involve the adults in the family.
At the initial appointment we will aim to get a holistic sense of the family to ensure we are working within your belief system and in a way that is acceptable and practically useful. The therapist will also gather information about your child's early development in order to ensure that nothing is being missed. We aim to assess and formulate the difficulties so that a treatment plan can be developed collaboratively with you and you will then decide whether you would like another appointment.
Following this appointment you have a cooling off period. You are free to cancel the next appointment and any further input without needing to give an explanation.
You are welcome to contact us to discuss your needs and whether we are able to help without any obligation to book an appointment. It is possible to book a one-off consultation appointment if this would be of more use to you. In some cases we may suggest other organisations or professionals who may be of help to you.
Interventions offered are likely to be based upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Attachment Therapy or draw upon other well recognised and evidenced theories. It is possible to access OCP's services through some private health insurance policies.
We both attend regular clinical supervision sessions in order to maintain the quality of the therapy offered and keep up to date with advances in clinical psychology by attending relevant Continued Professional Development Events.
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