What can be expected upon making an appointment? The following provides an outline of what can be expected during the process of consultation with the psychologist:
In order to provide a thorough service to you, a complete assessment and evaluation of your child’s current functioning needs to be done. This part of the process starts with an interview with the child’s parents regarding the child’s development from birth to current age. During this interview any concerns are also discussed. Questions about you, your family and your child may be asked. Some of these questions can be very personal in nature. This information is however, necessary and will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
It may also be necessary to do a psychological assessment. The details of what the assessment entails is dependent on the needs of the child, family and other role players. This will be discussed during the interview. It may furthermore be necessary to talk to other individuals (like teachers and other professional persons) to gather more information. It will however, be done with your permission and all information will be treated as confidential.
A few days after the assessment you will get a detailed feedback of all the results. During the feedback session a plan of action will be formulated on treatment and support of your child. Parent guidance may also be provided. This process may take place over a few sessions. You will receive a detailed written report, explaining the findings. This report is your personal property.
Therapy sessions are scheduled according to need, urgency and various other factors. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis, for one hour long. For younger children, sessions may be 45 minutes in length.
Therapy can contribute to a person’s functioning and personal growth. On the short term therapy may lead to emotional experiences that could have an impact on functioning. The success of therapy depends on various factors. One important factor is how much responsibility the client takes in order to bring around change. Successful therapy cannot be guaranteed.
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