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Frequently asked questions
We remain open for face-to-face or online appointments. All clients and carers should wear face coverings and ensure they sanitize their hands before and after leaving our premises. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please refer to our Covid-19 Risk Assessment for more details. It can be downloaded using this link.
Parental involvement in therapy is necessary when children receive CBT. Parents can ensure that their child engages in behavioural exercises between therapy sessions (e.g., in vivo exposures, pleasant activities), can change the child’s environment to promote more effective behaviours, and can help the child target changes in maladaptive thoughts. In general, CBT for children focuses more on behaviour changes and less on cognitive changes.
CBT is most effective when patients complete therapeutic exercises outside of the treatment session; therefore, it requires a significant commitment from patients. Some of the therapeutic strategies may involve anxiety-eliciting stimuli, which can be distressing—although short-lived—for some patients. CBT is not a substitute for pharmacotherapy for some disorders. For example, CBT should be considered an adjunctive treatment in the management of bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and depression with psychotic features.
There are frequent requests for sessions after school hours which will be accommodated as much as possible, however, if a child is only able to attend after school it can lead to significant delays in starting therapy due to the high demand. It is helpful to state what availability a child has on the personal information form to assist with this. I think it is very important families consider the need for mental health support and whether this takes priority over education for a time. The therapist can liaise with school to help them consider any reasonable adjustments and they too can best support your child’s mental health.
There are a number of sessions available after usual working hours of 9-5pm to help those who may not be able to take time off work. However, the request of evening appointments can lead to delays in starting therapy due to high demand. It is helpful to state what availability you have on the Personal Information Form.
There are a number of mental health charities such as Mind and Young Minds which can provide mental health support and advice. There maybe support available through your local authority so it’s worth checking out their website. Every local authority has to have what is called a ‘local Offer’ so it is worth checking this out. You also have NSH community mental health teams and child and adolescent mental health services that can provide mental health treatment, you can discuss a referral with you GP. There can be very long waiting lists for therapy via the NHS so be prepared for this. If you would like to discuss Healing Health fees and negotiate something more affordable, please contact us.
What our clients say
“We are extremely grateful for all the kindness and support we received from Anna over the past year. Our son had developed significant separation anxiety around the COVID period and Anna help us successfully work through this as a family.”
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support and help you gave to us and for returning our daughter back to us, thankfully she continues to do well.”
“Thank you for all your help over the last 2 years and sticking with me through my ups and downs. I will never forget everything you have done for me.”
“Anna is a wonderful therapist and has helped my son tremendously! She is compassionate, empathetic and very caring. She is amazing in that she listens and offers valuable suggestions ! Can’t say enough good things about her! A huge blessing to our family.”
“Anna is empathetic, kind and knowledgeable. She has a great ability to listen and then process that information to give intuitive advice or understanding of a situation. I feel that Anna has always tried to deeply understand how to work best with my particular needs and issues and is always well prepared for our sessions. I am so grateful that she is my therapist. I highly recommend her.”
“Anna thank you for helping me through my toughest experience to date. You provided a safe and confidential space that allowed me to talk freely and you interacted with me with genuine warmth and care. I recently faced some really challenging situations and because of your CBT sessions I was able to be calm, set boundaries and be more assertive. I am really pleased that i found you and so thankful to you for listening and helping me through my journey.”
“I thought you would like to hear about how well ‘A’ is doing after your years of commitment to helping him - there’s no doubt in my mind that your expertise was the most significant element that has pulled him through (and certainly kept me going!). You were so fantastic in your advice to me Anna.”
“When we were struggling to find therapy for our daughter who was relatable, available and flexible we found Anna. She has been amazing over lockdown meeting on Skype and now in person. She listens and supports with ideas and techniques that our daughter can put into practice when her low mood overcomes her. She also provides practical support to us as parents which is invaluable.”