I work within the BACP Ethical Framework and adhere to the policies as outlined by the BACP. All Client records are data protected and stored securely. The content of the therapy sessions and family meetings are confidential unless a person discloses that they, or someone else, are put at risk of significant harm.
How long do the sessions last?
Consistency is important so sessions usually take place at the same time on a weekly or bi monthly basis. Sessions are 50 minutes, with younger children sessions may be shorter but this can be discussed in the initial assessment .
What happens in a session?
Brain science and neurobiological studies are now demonstrating the importance of using creativity in therapy, particularly as a way to help access experiences that may not be encoded in verbal memory located in the left brain. Using creativity may help access these right brain experiences and emotions and then enable them to verbalised by the left brain. This can help a child to process difficult emotional experiences.
As an integrative counselling psychotherapist I will use both a non directive and directive approach depending on the therapeutic process and the current therapeutic needs. The therapy room is equipped with a variety of play materials which are used to support the therapeutic process. I use various creative resources as this enables a child or young person to not have to rely solely upon words to express themselves.
Assessment and intervention period
It is important that a therapist gains as much information as possible about the person’s history and experiences. Typically we will arrange an initial free phone consultation and we will arrange a time to have the first session where we can see if it would be a good fit. Assessment information will be sent out to the parent/guardian (when working with a young person) to gain more information without discussing it in front of the young person.
After the initial session we will agree upon an initial period of therapeutic interventions. The amount of time is dependent on the specific therapeutic needs of the child and family, sometimes short term work is all that is needed to support the child and families, however at times more intensive services are required.
I do not discuss progress or an issues that parent/carer is having either before or after the individual session with the child. This can upset the child/young person and is not conducive to the therapeutic environment. We will typically arrange a phone consultation after the third session however if the parent/carer has a concern I encourage either emailing or arranging a phone consultation.
Types of interventions include:
- Individual child/young person session
- Adult session
- Family session with both child and family
What happens if I need to cancel an appointment?
Therapy is most effective when it occurs at the same time on a regular basis. This regularity helps develop the therapeutic relationship and to get the most out of therapy. When sessions are frequently missed or cut short by arriving late, it disrupts the therapeutic process and stops it’s effectiveness. I ask that you give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel the appointment. Special circumstances are given if it is an emergency situation. If you do not show or miss the appointment without the required notice a £45 charge is invoiced for missed appointments.
How much do sessions cost?
- £45 for 50 minute sessions
I do offer shorter sessions to accomodate the needs of younger children, this will be decided upon during the initial assessment.
Payment is made at each session and cash, cheques and bank drafts are accepted.
Please make cheques payable to : Julie McCrae
Working Hours: Monday (Day and Evening) Tuesday(Day) Wednesday (Evening) Thursday (Evening) Saturday (Mornings)