Frequently asked questions

Why do people seek psychological help for their children?

There may be many reasons which cause children to have problems with their feelings, thoughts and behavior. When these cannot be sorted out at home, school or by other resources more specialist help may be needed. Young Minds offers more information.

What age range do you work with?

I can see children under five years; however, this is usually with a parent or within a family session. I do not have a specific upper age limit and see young people in their 20’s and parents.

What can I expect at my initial appointment?

I am interested in finding out your view of the problem or worries and what you would like to change. Together we will then decide if I can be of help and if so what we should work on and what kind of therapy would suit you.

How many sessions will I need?

Depending on the issues and the kind of therapy you are having the duration of the work will vary. Sometimes the initial consultation can help to put things into perspective and enable some change. The minimum number of sessions is generally between 2 and 6. The maximum for psychotherapy is between 1 and 2 years, however there is no cut off point and people can return if they need to for further support. See Child Psychotherapy.

When will the sessions take place?

I endeavour to find convenient times for your sessions. After school and evening times are most popular and will be offered when available. Alternatively we may need to meet during the day. A wait maybe necessary for regular therapy sessions.

How long is a session?

Psychotherapy and counselling sessions are 50 minutes. Other sessions are between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the type of therapy.

Do you offer phone or Skype consultations?

Yes when I am working closely with parents on managing their children’s behaviour. These sessions have to be pre booked and paid for in advance. I also offer this if you have cancelled your session due to your child’s illness and you wish to talk with me. See my Contact and Fees page for charges.

Do l stay with my child during the session?

This depends entirely on what you and your child would prefer and what the issues are that you need help with. If your child is feeling anxious about separating, it may be better that you are there to provide support. It may be preferable to spend half the session together and the other half with your child on their own.

What if we change our minds and do not want to continue with the sessions?

You are perfectly entitled to end the therapy at any time. However in order to keep you informed of how we are getting on and whether a particular therapy is helpful I usually review after 3 or 4 sessions. I also like to get feedback about whether the therapy is helpful at intervals during the work.

Endings are an important part of the therapy and it is preferable to have an ending date rather than end abruptly. See my Contact and fees page for information on cancellation and missed sessions.