Therapy sessions last 50 min. During the initial setting, you will be asked questions about your worries, the development of your child and your point of view on the problems. This gives you an opportunity to see whether you feel comfortable and if this is the right place and professional for you.
You are also very welcome to come to an introductory session, if you have any concern, big or small, and decide afterwards if you want to carry on.
Usually, I would like to see the parents/caregivers and the child/youngster (with siblings) in the first session. Thus giving adolescents the opportunity to have a confidential talk with me, if they want to. Sometimes children want to have their own space as well, to talk with a professional with the absence of their parents.
During the first settings, you will often receive questionnaires, which need to be answered by the child/adolescent, caregivers and the teacher (if the school is involved). Sometimes an achievement/IQ test is recommended when for example the child is experiencing performance anxieties or seems to be under challenged.
After 5 to 6 settings the evaluation of the assessments and a bespoke treatment plan will be shared with the child/adolescents and the parents. It is up to you if you want to continue with regular settings for your child. The older/mature the child is, the more I would work with him/her and see the caregivers once in a while to discuss family support and the process of the treatment.
All information will be kept confidential. It is up to you, if you want to share, for example, an achievement report with school or not. If you are unsure about booking an appointment for a first consultation, you are very welcome to call or drop me an email and I will get back to you ASAP.