WHAT DOES THERAPY LOOK LIKE?
Launching into change or something new may not be comfortable, however for positive change to occur we need to move through the challenges to find the path forward.
We like to view challenges as a transition towards your goal.
Prior to first session:
Over the phone, your therapist will briefly discuss your main concerns, and arrange a time for the first session. Depending on the circumstances and wishes of family members, the therapist may see the parents and young person separately before starting joint sessions. Your therapist may also email you an information form and consent form to bring along to the first session.
First session and beyond:
Before beginning the session, you will be asked to read and sign the consent form, to ensure you understand the terms of our services, including confidentiality of the session and who may be contacted to help support the therapy process (for example teachers, and other health professionals involved).
In our first meeting, we will get to know you, by gathering information to understand your strengths and your challenges. Then, we will set goals with you for the therapy process. You will also have the chance to ask any questions.
Ongoing therapy sessions may look different for different needs and whilst there will be talking, we use activity to both support the therapeutic process and to build new skills for managing stress. Some examples may include mindfulness or relaxation, multi-sensory activities, play/games and art based activities.
You will be asked to provide feedback regularly on how things are going for you and your family, to ensure we are providing the best possible interventions at the right time.
Sometimes after a period of professional support, it may be challenging to know when is the right time to launch off on your own. We will work with you and those around you to find when it looks and feels right to finish. If necessary, we will refer you on to other service providers to address other areas of need.