“Wendy was a great support for our son at a very stressful time. Her calm and friendly manner always put our son at ease. Wendy made a real difference in our sons life giving him the self-esteem and confidence that was missing. She reassured us as parents that everything was going to be ok. Wendy was and still is only a phone call away.”
Father of 8 year old boy
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As a parent myself, I understand how important it is for you to know what to expect on this journey of help. You might be wondering what to expect on your first appointment and the process and timescales involved.
Initially I will discuss with you as parents what difficulties and issues you are experiencing with your child. You will have a chance to ask as many questions as you would like and have a good opportunity to explain how you are feeling. I will give you an idea of the process involved, and describe your options for next steps.
On the next session, I will meet your child (if needed), and it will be at this stage I will be able to assess the situation and we can come to a joint understanding of what would be helpful as next steps. This might include weekly or fortnightly sessions, or a referral to a different professional or organisation. Sessions tend to last six to eight weeks, or for some people longer, depending on the nature and severity of the issues.
For younger children (and younger siblings that might come along to family/parent sessions), I have a box of toys and I will make the session as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Each session will last about 50 minutes.