Getting Started

What to expect ...

  • We will usually have a 30-minute telephone (or video) conversation in the first instance to talk through your referral. This is free of charge.

  • We can then proceed to the initial session (depending on circumstances, face-to-face or via Zoom) to further discuss your referral. This will need to be paid for (1 to 1.5 hours). Please see the Fees page.

    • This will include going through the intake paperwork, such as:

      • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (data privacy and usage)

      • Safeguarding and confidentiality

      • Assessment procedures (SDQs, RCADS, DMM)

      • For DIRFloortime® clients, this will include at least one session from which your child's Individual Sensory Profile can be developed for use in subsequent sessions

      • How we will work together and fees

      • The Consent Form and Therapy Agreement will then be signed.

  • Sometimes it is not clear at the beginning how frequently we should meet or for how long.

    • The work is offered on an ongoing basis or we can agree the number of sessions to start with but ideally a minimum of 12 sessions for Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and six to eight sessions minimum for Parent-Infant Psychotherapy.

  • Sessions are mostly held weekly during term-time and last for 50 minutes (dependent on the age of your child).

    • Assessment procedure sessions may take longer.

  • Ending psychotherapy or DIRFloortime® takes time:

    • Please allow for a minimum of three sessions to end psychotherapy or Floortime® with you and your child.