What do I offer as a clinical psychologist?
Careful assessment is always the first step of my work as this is the foundation for accurate decisions about the most effective interventions. In my work, I may use ideas drawn from a range of psychological theories such as;
Developmental/ life span approaches
The information I gather during the assessment phase contributes to a detailed psychological description, sometimes called a psychological formulation, which takes account of all the important factors which may have helped to cause the problem and to keep it going. The formulation can be used to set therapeutic goals and then serves as a pointer to the most effective solutions.
Interventions can be offered in a range of ways depending on the needs of the child, young person and the family. Children and young people may be offered individual therapy if this suits their wishes, age and developmental level. Therapeutic intervention may be more effective when parents join sessions with their children. Or direct work with parents may be the most appropriate way forward.
All the therapeutic interventions I use are evidence-based which means that there is research evidence to support their value for children and young people.
The interventions I use may include:
Brief, solution-focussed therapy
Parenting work and behavioural management
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) including mindfulness
Dialectical behaviour therapy
Interpersonal skills training including assertiveness and management of strong emotions
Dyadic developmental approaches, based on attachment theory
Interventions may be short (one to three sessions) or of longer duration, possibly over several months in the example of a course of focussed CBT.
At all stages I will discuss fully and negotiate with you the appropriate level of intervention for you and your child.