Do you have any questions? Here is a list of some of our most frequently asked ones.
1. How do I know if my child needs therapy and if so which therapy?
Many but not all children who come for therapy have been referred by either their teacher, a psychologist or a doctor. But if you have not been referred by anyone and are concerned about your child’s development you are welcome to have a discussion over the phone with one of our therapists to discuss this. If the therapist feels we could help support your child, you could then schedule an initial consultation and we can provide you with a more detailed opinion about whether therapy intervention would be beneficial.
2. How long will my child need to have therapy support for?
This depends on factors such as your child’s needs, their motivation, your family situation and possibly your financial situation. Our aim is to support families in the best way possible by tailoring our services to take these factors into account. Therapy, for most children, should not be a long term commitment. Your therapist will provide you with a therapy plan with therapy goals clearly stated and should be able to indicate how long they feel your child will require intervention for. However, this also depends on the progress your child is making. At any time you are free to make the decision to stop the sessions or to ask for a break. You can also tell your therapist how many sessions you are able to commit to and the therapist will plan around this.
3.What happens if I feel that the therapist is not a good match for my child or my family?
Effective therapy depends on there being a strong, trusting relationship between the child and the therapist. Personalities can clash, a parent may be uncomfortable with a particular approach or style of therapy and it is absolutely okay to address this and ask for a different therapist. If this is the case for you, please do not hesitate to talk to our office manager. Sometimes a therapist will also feel that they are not a good match for a child or a parent and a good therapist will acknowledge this, discuss the reason why with you and recommend another therapist.
4. What does an open-door policy actually mean?
This means that you are invited to attend therapy sessions with your child. This is considered best practice as it allows the therapist and parent to closely collaborate and share knowledge, agree on goals that address the child’s needs and allows the therapist to show parents how to support their child in practicing these skills outside of therapy. This is usually very empowering for parents.