The types of therapy provided

Types of therapy include:

  • Child and adolescent clinical psychologists specialising in looked after, fostered and adopted children
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) trained and certified therapists
  • Theraplay® trained and accredited therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Sensory integration therapists
  • Play therapists (directive)
  • Systemic and family psychotherapists
  • Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists
  • Art psychotherapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Yoga therapists

The services we offer:

The length of time for therapy will differ according to the child’s needs but generally there are four main types of work which we undertake:

1. Clinical Psychologist Assessment

This is usually carried out over 3 – 4 meetings with one of our clinical psychologists who specialises in working with looked after children and adoptive/fostering families. The assessment consists of a range of standardised tests and is usually for children and families with complex needs. A detailed assessment report will be provided setting out the results of the assessment with any recommendations for future therapeutic work to be undertaken.

2. Occupational Therapy Assessment

The assessment consists of a range of standardised tests to identify the child’s area of difficulties, which are affecting both academic performance and their home life. An Occupational Therapy Assessment may be required when there is a disruption in function in one or more of the following the areas: Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Cognitive Perceptual Skills, Sensory Integration, Visual Motor Skills, Motor Planning Skills, Oral Motor Skills, Play skills, Socio-emotional skills, and Activities of daily living.

An Occupational Therapist will aim to enable the child to be as physically, psychologically and socially independent as possible. Occupational Therapists work in close partnership with the child and their family, schools and other healthcare professionals

3. Therapeutic Assessment of Needs

This is carried out by one of our experienced therapists and would include identification of any issues relating to trauma, loss, and attachment for the child/ren and/or parent/carer and explore existing positive and/or negative family therapy models/frameworks (when present) including wider family systems.  This is a family centred assessment and the assessor would consider and include the child/carers individual views and perceptions of their circumstances coupled with an account of their own specific concerns. The needs and wishes of the family alongside the assessment findings would be used to produce a report detailing therapeutic recommendations and work plan.  

Therapeutic Support Packages:

  • Settling in - these are around 6 - 12 sessions in length and are used to assist a family in helping to settle their child in their new placement.  While these do not include in depth life story work, they follow the general format outlined above. 
  • Short term or time limited contracts - in many cases these are likely to be for a period of about 3 – 6 months of weekly therapeutic sessions with the parents and children and about half as many with the parents alone so that they are equipped to support the children through the therapeutic process.  Sometimes, a further contract may be undertaken at the end of the first period if there are outstanding difficulties which remain to be resolved.

4. Longer term support

Usually lasting at least 6 months and sometimes up to 2 years.  These are usually situations where children have suffered severe childhood trauma and need ongoing long term support to help them to overcome their early life experiences.  Parents are also supported to manage their children’s behaviour, day to day care and encouraged to make time for themselves,  promoting self-care and wellbeing. 

Regular reports, reviews and attendance at Looked After Children reviews can be provided and the costs of these are included in your quote.

Where does the therapeutic support take place?

The therapy may take place in the family home, at the PACT therapy room in Reading or at the therapist’s own therapy room.