Alison Price

Education Professionals

What issues/concerns can I help with?

My clinical work covers:-

1.  Challenges associated with key aspects of development, such as:-

  • Infancy and early childhood (0-4yrs)
    sleeping, feeding, toileting, settling into nursery or school
  • Middle childhood (4-12yrs)
    peer group difficulties, bullying, behaviour problems, anxieties and phobias
  • Teenage years (12yrs+) 
    the formation of identity, managing relationships, coping with pressure, school refusal, substance misuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression

2.  Challenges associated with upsetting/traumatic life events, such as:-

  • redundancy, divorce or separation
  • abuse (emotional, physical or sexual)
  • neglect
  • domestic violence
  • the death of someone close

3.  Challenges associated with a chronic condition, such as a life limiting illness, disease or disability

A family might want help coming to terms with an initial diagnosis and learning how to manage it, or they might have been coping with a difficult situation for a long while and want to think about new ways of managing it.

4.  Challenges associated with Fostering 

Commonly foster parents, having already raised children of their own, run into difficulties when they find that the parenting strategies they used then, are not working now.  They often feel unable to make sense of their child’s behaviour and unsure as to how to help or support him/her.

If the particular challenge that concerns you is not listed here and you wish to know if I can help a family, please telephone or email me, by clicking on this link.   

How do I work?

1.  With children/young people and their families 

My first contact with the family is a free, no-obligation telephone consultation, to discuss their concerns and whether I might be able to help.

If we proceed, I will usually meet with different members of the family at different points in the therapeutic process, often beginning with the parents/carers alone and progressing to meeting with the child/young person either individually or all together.  If I meet with a child alone, there will be regular reviews with the child and parents as the work progresses.

2.  With Education Professionals

If the referral to my service has come directly from the family or from professionals outside the school system, my involvement with yourselves is likely to occur at the point where the family has reached a clearer understanding of the nature of the difficulties and wants to discuss how you can help their child in school.  At this point:-

  • I might convene a meeting with all parties to discuss the concerns and the child’s needs
  • I might meet with the young person him/herself, together with key staff such as his/her Classroom Teacher, Head of Year or the school SENCO. 

After this, the work may continue with the family as before, but with review meetings with yourselves alongside the therapeutic work.

How long does the therapeutic work take?

It is impossible to answer this exactly, as every family and every problem is different.  However, experience has taught me that the ordinary developmental problems of very young, pre-school children tend to be helped most quickly.  In six or so sessions, a family will usually notice a positive shift in relationships/behaviour and will have gained new insights into the situation they came to discuss. 

With older children, of say Infants and Junior age, it might take ten sessions to reach the same point and with adolescents or children who have experienced chronic or traumatic incidents/events, longer still.

Where I become involved with a school, meetings are usually fortnightly to begin with and usually progress to monthly, lasting a period of months.

To discuss any of these services, please telephone or email me by clicking on this link.

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