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What to expect

Following a thorough assessment (usually lasting 90 minutes), an individualised treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client, based on a shared understanding of the difficulties.  A number of sessions will then be offered (each lasting an hour), drawing on evidence based psychological models, protocols and techniques.  There will be regular reviews, evaluation of progress, and feedback, to ensure that the treatment plan is meeting the needs of the client.  The ending of therapy is negotiated carefully with all parties.


Who is the service for?
  • Children and young people aged 7 - 25 who are experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties, or psychological problems such as anxiety, low mood, depression, OCD, low self-esteem, post-trauma reactions, phobias or difficulties in relationships.  

  • Children and young people experiencing psychological or emotional difficuties relating to physical health problems or disability.

  • Parents who require support for themselves.


What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychologists have both an undergraduate psychology degree as well as a post graduate training in Clinical Psychology.  They are trained to work with people of all different ages using a number of different psychological models and techniques. Individualised treatment plans are developed based on a shared understanding of the difficulties (often called a "formulation"), and drawing on different evidence based approaches. Clinical Psychologists are not medically trained and do not prescribe medication - this is the role of Psychiatrists.


When would the service not be appropriate?
  • Where the young person's difficulties require a psychiatric assessment or a multiprofessional approach, or require medication (although we can sometimes work jointly with other services providing support). 

  • Where there is a high level of risk which needs to be managed by a service providing outreach or crisis care.

  • When a court report or expert witness is required.

  • When a diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental disorders is required. 

  • Where there are ongoing disputes about custody arrangements we would need these to be resolved prior to therapy and we can't provide evidence for courts in these circumstances.


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