What happens in treatment?
The exact nature of treatment varies depending on the difficulty, the age of the child, and other factors. You should expect sessions to last around 50-60 minutes. However, they might be shortened if this is too long for your child. Younger children are often seen with a parent present, whereas young people would often be seen on their own. The exact format would be negotiated to fit the needs of your child.
With a younger child there would be a lot of feedback to the accompanying parent in order that they are aware of the techniques that your child is learning in order to help generalise techniques from the session to the rest of life. With an older child there may be little hand over from your psychologist. However, parents can be assured that if there are any safety concerns these will be shared with the family, your GP and any other relevant adults.
Progress will be regularly reviewed. You should expect that this will be after six sessions, but sooner if you request it. If the intervention is not making progress a new treatment plan will be developed. In some cases we will suggest referring you on to another professional either in addition to, or in place of, our intervention.
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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