Psychological therapy appointments
The psychological formulation developed from the assessment (and any preference you have) will enable us to determine what kind of psychological input will be most suitable: individual therapy, family therapy, or parent support/consultation sessions. It will also shape the particular focus of the individually-tailored sessions.
Psychological therapy appointments last for 50 minutes. For individual therapy, it tends to work best for appointments to be weekly (at least initially) so as to build momentum, facilitate the building of the therapeutic relationship, and bring about progress for your child more quickly. However, there is no obligation to attend weekly if this does not work for you - my online booking system enables you to have complete control over when you schedule your child’s appointments for, and you can do so on a weekly, fortnightly or ad hoc basis. To ensure therapy is helpful and effective, we will regularly review progress.
Evidence-based psychological therapy
Clinical psychologists highly qualified mental health professionals who are trained in evidence-based psychological therapies - i.e. therapy that goes beyond the supportive listening of counselling. I provide effective psychological therapies that work to address mental health difficulties, reduce emotional distress and improve wellbeing. The therapy plan I suggest for your child will be informed by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines and tailored to your child’s individual needs, taking into account any preferences that you and your child may have. I offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), family therapy, and integrative therapy (drawing on well-established and recognised models and theories). Read more here >>
Safety and trust
Research has shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important element for successful therapy. Throughout therapy, I will be focused on building rapport with your child to promote a secure, trusting therapeutic relationship. My therapeutic style is collaborative, engaging and non-judgemental. My central aim is to ensure that your child - and you - feel fully heard and understood.
Using evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I aim to resolve difficulties as efficiently as possible. As a general estimate, for problems of a mild-moderate level, 6-12 sessions may be expected for meaningful change, however, the number of sessions your child will require will depend on their individual strengths and difficulties, as well as the model of therapy. We will regularly review progress (typically every 4 sessions) to help ensure that therapy is as helpful and effective as possible.
support that suits you
One of the things I value the most about working as an independent psychologist is being able to provide the type of support that best suits the children and families I work with (without any service limitations impacting the help I can provide). As such, I can offer any length of therapy, from goal-directed short-term work to long-term therapeutic support. You are able to reserve the same time each week (by booking in advance) if you would like consistency for your child, or you can choose a different time each week/fortnight, if you need to work around a changing schedule, or ad hoc appointments if you prefer.
Teddington Child Psychology uses an online booking system to enable you to book sessions at your convenience. Once you have had your initial assessment appointment, you will be sent the link to the booking system enabling you to book in therapy sessions at a date and time of your choice.