Chichester Child Psychology
Contact Chichester Child Psychology Call us on ... 07575 800 828 Email us ... Where to find us Find us at... St John's House, St John's Street, Chichester, PO19 1UH
What To Expect It can be very daunting for children and families alike to seek help from a Psychologist. However, we aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, free of judgement and jargon. We hope you will feel relaxed and supported and we aim to make the process as transparent and straightforward as possible. We can only help if everyone is being honest and open, even if this is difficult. You can therefore expect the same from us. Initial Appointment (Psychological Assessment) The initial appointment will last up to an hour. 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, or other sources of support are more appropriate, we may refer you on. We will discuss this further at the time. Follow-up Appointments (Psychological Intervention) These sessions are 50 minutes long. The intervention will be a form of Psychological Intervention 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 intervention at any time. We are 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 we will see you without parental consent. However, if it is beneficial to involve parents, we will work with you to think about how to do this. If you are under 16, you must attend with a parent or guardian. We can see all family members, including the child/young person in private. This means that everyone can speak confidentially. We will always endeavour to keep confidentiality of ALL family members. We 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 we would break confidentiality. If we think someone is being harmed by someone else If we think they are harming someone If we think they are harming themselves We will always try to discuss overriding confidentiality with you beforehand if it is safe to do so. However, we have a duty of care to act on information of this nature. Safety Our premises are located on the top floor of an office building. The downstairs waiting area is accessible by members of the public at certain times. 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 in private. You must accompany a child under 16 at all times, even if they are having sessions on their own. This means you must be in the building during sessions. We cannot take responsibility for children and young people under 16 left alone under any circumstances. Other practicalities Clinics take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-6 (last appointment 4pm). We are 10 mins walk from the bus and train station and parking is available in public pay and display car parks opposite the building. The site is partially wheelchair and pushchair accessible but do let us know ahead of time. We are on the top floor but can book a downstairs room if notified in advance. Please advise us if you wish to bring an assistance animal. We 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 accessible toilets on site but no baby changing. Fees (self-funding) £150 for an initial psychological assessment appointment £120 per session for a psychological intervention appointment £120 per hour for other contact – school meetings, observations, consultations etc. £120 per hour for Clinical Supervision Specific assessment – POA Funded Appointments (medicolegal/social care/case management etc) – POA
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