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.