Children and Adolescents Service
As parents what we wish and hope most is for our children to be happy in whichever walk of life they choose to follow, have meaningful relationships and be able to overcome obstacles and adversities.
However, at times things can get a bit too much for our children and young people and they may develop anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma. At Oasis Psychological Services our clinicians have expertise and experience in working with children, young people and families.
We aspire to support you and your child to find the most appropriate therapeutic treatments.
At the first initial assessment, one of our clinical psychologists will meet with you and your child/young person in order to gather information and details about the presenting difficulties and concerns.
We may ask you and your child to fill in some standardised clinical questionnaires and/or rating scales, which together with the clinical interview, help us identify the specific areas of need and formulate and agree a therapeutic plan.
At times, we may need more information from your child’s teachers but will always ask your and your child’s consent before contacting the school.
The assessment is usually carried out in two sessions of 1 hour each.
You are never under any obligation to continue with therapy or further specialist assessments.
Taking the First Step
We understand that asking for help may feel daunting. At Oasis Psychological Services we endeavour to make this first step easier by offering an initial 15-minute free telephone consultation with the parent.
This offers the opportunity to discuss briefly your concerns about your child and if we are the most appropriate service to meet their needs.
This may lead to an initial assessment with one of our clinical psychologists. However, if we are unable to help, we will try to signpost you to a more suitable service.
Supporting Children and Young People
We have lots of years of experience and expertise in working therapeutically with children and teenagers. We offer evidence-based approaches for a wide range of psychological and mental health difficulties, such as:
Following the assessment, if you wish to continue with the therapeutic plan, we are able to offer a range of evidence and research-based therapies.
The clinical psychologist you meet with at the initial assessment session will help you decide what is the best therapeutic approach to address your difficulties and you will be matched with the most suitable clinician to support you. We specialise in the following therapeutic approaches:
There are national guidelines (NICE guidelines) that are based on research and clinical experience that give a rough idea of the length of therapy for specific problems.
Individuals’ experiences of psychological and mental health problems vary, and therefore therapy can be longer or shorter depending on personal circumstances. As a rough guide, a typical course of treatment can last about 12 sessions.
We ask you that you please give us 24 hours’ notice. If less than 24 hours’ notice, there will be a charge of 50% of the cost of the appointment.
We follow the evidence-based recommendations developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which roughly outline what kind of therapeutic support and how many sessions are recommended in order to see progress. However,there is no way to know precisely how many sessions will be needed in your case. We review the treatment periodically with you and your child and at the review session we will discuss with you a way forward.
We ask payment for the initial assessment sessions 48 hours before in order to confirm the appointment slots. You can pay by cash, card or Bank Transfer.
For therapy sessions, we will agree if you wish to pay weekly or monthly.
We are registered with the main insurance providers. Before booking an appointment, please discuss this with your insurance in order to check if your child is covered by your policy. Please tell us about it when you book your first appointment.