Alison Price


Are you feeling troubled about some aspect of family life?

  • Is one of your children behaving strangely, or struggling
    with difficulties you seem unable to help with 
  • Have you recently experienced a stressful event,
    a trauma or a loss, which is impacting on family life
  • Is somebody in your family seriously ill
  • Are you a Foster Carer, struggling to understand and cope
    with the child/young person in your care?

Challenges to family life can result from events affecting any of its members and these can impact on the well-being of the whole family.  Sometimes the challenges are reasonably straightforward to manage, other times they can cause great distress.

What is Clinical Psychology?

Psychology is the study of people and behaviour – how we think, how we act, how we react and relate to one another.

Clinical Psychology uses this knowledge in the form of Psychological Therapies to help people overcome difficulties.

You might turn to a Clinical Psychologist when you have tried various ways of dealing with a difficult situation but it persists.  You might feel worried, exasperated and frustrated, but most of all you are likely to feel stuck and unable to resolve things by yourselves.  Meeting with a Clinical Psychologist can offer fresh insights into a problem and a new way forward.

What issues/concerns can I help with?
As a Clinical Psychologist, I have over 20 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families.  My clinical work covers the following areas:-

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 long-standing/entrenched problem, such as an acute anxiety/phobia, an obsessional compulsive disorder (OCD), an eating disorder or ADHD 
You might want help coming to terms with an initial diagnosis and learning how to manage it, or you 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 

You might be an experienced parent, having raised children of your own, yet feel unable to use the parenting skills and knowledge you relied on in the past, in parenting your fostered child. 

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

How do I work?

I offer a free, no-obligation telephone consultation in the first instance, to discuss your concerns and whether I might be able to help.

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

How long does the 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, you will usually notice a positive shift in relationships/behaviour and will have gained new insights into the situation you 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.

To discuss your particular concerns or to refer to this service, please ring or send me an email by clicking on this link.

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