I aim to have a brief telephone conversation with every family prior to booking any appointment in order to ascertain that SCCPP is the right service for your child and to discuss which type of appointment would best meet your needs. We offer the following types of assessment appointments. It is necessary to have one of the following appointments prior to any 'treatment appointment'.
Consultation Appointments - £150-£180
Consultation appointments last up to 90 minutes and are the most common starting point. These appointments are often with parents/carers and the child, but can also be with parents/carers alone. The first hour or so is spent gathering assessment information, and the rest of the time is allocated to a discussion about how to begin making changes for your child. This may also include directing you to other services that may be helpful to your family. Consultation appointments are intended to be “stand-alone” appointments, with no follow-up, although you could book another consultation appointment at a later date. These appointments are often the starting point for treatment, but are also used in the following situations: to ascertain the type of professional, or service, that would be best suited to help with your child’s difficulties; if you think the problem is relatively manageable but would like some pointers (ie a one-off session); or if you would like to try out an appointment with a psychologist to see whether our way of working suits you and your family. It also allows you and your child to meet the psychologist to ensure that you feel happy to work with her, with no obligation to continue with the service.
Assessment Appointments - £400 - £500
Assessments include one face-to-face meeting that lasts up to 90 minutes, standardised questionnaires if applicable, a written assessment letter of 2-3 pages, and a short follow-up telephone call. Usually, this involves meeting both the child and parents/carers. During the follow-up phone call, we will answer any questions you may have following the assessment, and discuss your options for treatment if this seems necessary. If we feel that your child’s needs can be met within the NHS or via local voluntary services, we will inform you of this. The assessment letter summarises our findings from the assessment and our understanding of how your child’s difficulties have arisen. We will also provide some written recommendations, which you may find useful when approaching other organisations or your GP.
The fee range reflects the way in which sessions are funded, and the location. The bottom range is for privately funded work, online. For home visits and meetings in the clinic, and for families paying through PMI (Private Medical Insurance), rates increase – please see the fees page for details.