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What happens at a Paediatric Psychology appointment?

Out-patient appointments with the Paediatric Clinical Psychology Service normally take place in the 'Therapies Hub' on the ground floor of the Children's Hospital, also known as Clinic 12.  If you are an in-patient, appointments will take place in a quiet room on the ward, or in a medical specialty clinic.

Assessment

First appointments will normally last between 45 minutes and an hour, when we will meet with you and your parents/guardians.  If you are a young person, we will give you the opportunity to meet on your own with the Clinical Psychologist for some of this appointment.

At a first appointment it is helpful for us to hear all about you, your life, hobbies, school/college/work, friends and family, as well as the background to your medical condition.  We will also think together about the difficulties that you have been experiencing, how these are impacting on your life and condition, and how you and your family cope.  

First appointments involve some talking and listening and sometimes drawing and playing with toys together too.

Follow-up

If it is thought that it would be helpful for you to return for further appointments, this will normally be arranged in the first appointment.  Follow up appointments will allow us to get to know you better, to formulate your difficulties and come up with a plan for supporting you and your family.

We use a number of different therapies, all of which have an evidence base.  That is, we know from research that these can be helpful for children and young people struggling with the same kinds of difficulties as you.  These might include, among others:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (external link); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Response).