Information for parents
Is the service confidential?
The content of the therapy sessions and family meetings will be kept as confidential as possible unless a child/young person discloses that they, or someone else, are put at risk of significant harm. This is discussed during the first parent meeting and then with the child or young person when they begin therapy.
How long do the sessions last?
Consistency is important so therapy sessions usually take place at the same time on a weekly basis and each session usually lasts for about 50 minutes.
What happens in a session?
Usually sessions are led by the child or young person. However there may be times when things may be suggested if it is felt that this may benefit the therapeutic process.The therapy room is equipped with art materials, musical instruments, puppets, a sandtray and other creative materials. At Cambridge Child Therapy we use various creative resources as this enables a child or young person to not have to rely solely upon words to express themselves. The reason a variety of creative resources are available is so that the young person can find the art medium and the 'vocabulary' that best suits them. Using art materials in addition to words in therapy just gives the young person more options of how they want to communicate.
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.
What is the assessment process?
It is important that a therapist gains as much information as possible about the child's history and experiences and so the first initial meeting will be with parents/carers on their own. After this initial meeting, the decision may be for just us to meet again without your child, to consider things further, or it may be decided to meet with the young person on their own. Usually 3 therapy sessions are offered to the child/young person in order to assess whether therapy might be helpful for them, or if it is needed.
Sometimes just meeting with parents can be enough to feel like things are resolved and sometimes just some brief work with the child or young person is needed. Other times a longer period of therapy might be needed or some work with a parent and child together. Each situation is different but at all stages everything is thought about, discussed and agreed together. Therapy can only be successful if your child knows that you are in support of them attending.
Once therapy begins regular reviews are planned with parents/carers. This is to support you in supporting your child.
How can I make a referral?
Referrals can be made by telephone or email or in writing. Please see Contact.
What happens if I need to cancel an appointment?
Therapy is most effective when it occurs at the same time each week and is regular. This regularity helps the child or young person to develop their relationship with me 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 being effective.
How much do sessions cost?
This is something we discuss when we first meet.
How is my data protected?
Cambridge Child Therapy is a data controller and processor, meaning it collects information on those offered a service and processes that information. All records are kept securely and are only seen by Clair Lewoski whom runs Cambridge Child Therapy. Exceptions to this are if you agree to data being shared about your child with e.g. another health professional or their school, or if Clair was worried about the safety of your child. Personal data is only used to provide a service to you. Only essential personal data is collected e.g. your contact details, child's date of birth, school details. Anonymised notes are kept of any other data and are hand written and stored securely. The only electronic records that are kept are emails to you or with your consent to other professionals e.g. your child's school. Plus any reports to other professionals, again with your consent. Invoices to you and/or receipts are also kept electronically. All electronic data relating to you is encrypted. Records are kept for 7 years and then destroyed. Cambridge Child Therapy works in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (2018) and is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office ico.org.uk