Chichester Child Psychology Chichester
Contact Chichester Child Psychology Call me on ... 07575 800 828 Email me ... Where to find me Find me at... Unit 6, City Business Centre, Basin Rd, PO19 8DU Chichester, West Sussex
What To Expect It can be very daunting for children and families alike to seek help from a Psychologist. However, I aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, free of judgement and jargon. I hope you will feel relaxed and supported and I aim to make the process as transparent and straightforward as possible. I can only help if everyone is being honest and open, even if this is difficult. You can therefore expect the same from me. Initial Appointment (Assessment) The initial appointment will last up to an hour and a half. At this appointment, we will discuss the issues you are seeking help with and how we might work together to alleviate them. Please bring any relevant information – red book, school reports, hospital letters etc. that may help us to think about the issue. We can then formulate a plan about the next steps. This will include an intervention (treatment) plan. You can decide at this appointment if you would like to proceed. If medication or medical assessment is necessary, I may refer you on. We will discuss this further at the time. Follow-up Appointments (Intervention) These sessions are 50 minutes long. The intervention will be a form of talking therapy and sessions can be weekly or fortnightly. The format and number of sessions will be agreed in the initial appointment. If we complete the number of sessions and we feel more sessions are needed we will review progress, re-formulate the plan and continue. You are free to stop the talking therapy at any time. I am happy to work in partnership with other treatments and interventions provided all professionals are aware of each other’s involvement and role. Confidentiality If you are over 16, you can self-refer and I will see you without parental consent. However, if it is beneficial to involve parents I will work with you to think about how to do this. If you are under 16, you must attend with a parent or guardian. I can see all family members, including the child/young person in private. This means that everyone can speak to me confidentially. I will always endeavour to keep confidentiality of ALL family members. I will ask what can be shared and how, and will respect the privacy of all conversations, including those of children and young people. There are three reasons that I would break confidentiality. If I think someone is being harmed by someone else If I think they are harming someone If I think they are harming themselves I will always try to discuss overriding confidentiality with you beforehand if it is safe to do so. However, I have a duty of care to act on information of this nature. Safety My premises are located in a Medical Clinic. The waiting area is accessible by all members of the public. Therefore, if your child is under 12, or you would be concerned about their ability to stay safe, please bring another trusted adult with you to accompany them in the waiting room if you would like to speak to me in private. You must accompany a child under 16 at all times, even if they are having sessions with me on their own. This means you must be in the building during sessions. I cannot take responsibility for children and young people left in my care under any circumstances. Other practicalities Clinics take place on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 9pm (last appointment 8pm). I am near the train and bus station and there is parking on site. Please tell me if you arrive by car as you will need to obtain a car park permit from me. The site and clinic rooms are accessible by wheelchair. I can provide water but please bring refreshments for your child if they need them. Please bring any equipment you normally need – glasses, hearing aids etc. There are toilets on site but no baby changing unfortunately. Fees £130 for an initial assessment appointment £100 per session for an intervention appointment £100 per hour for other contact – school meetings, observations, consultations etc. £350 for a cognitive assessment including report £100 per hour for Clinical Supervision
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