If a referral is accepted in the service because it meets our referral criteria, an initial clinic based assessment or telephone appointment will usually be offered. This should be attended by the referred young person (unless they are under 5) and at least one parent/carer. At this appointment we will ask you a number of questions which will cover: the difficulties you are experiencing how things are in the family how school is going any ideas you have about what makes the difficulties better or worse
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a counsellor (also commonly referred to as a therapist) will utilise psychotherapy to help clients going through mental health difficulties. In some cases, professionals may choose to call themselves a psychotherapist. Others may refer to themselves as a counsellor or therapist. Some experts believe that while areas of the two professions overlap, psychotherapists work on longer-term concerns and have the training to reflect this. Others argue that there is little to no distinction between the professions. Many counsellors now undergo similar extensive training as psychotherapists. Checking a professional's experience, training and qualifications is always advised. This will give you a better understanding of how they can help support your needs.