Therapy

What does ongoing therapy involve?

Following an assessment, a therapeutic plan may be agreed upon with the family. This plan may involve…

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Paediatrician

Educational Psychologist

SEN Consultant

Speech and Language Therapist

Counselling Psychotherapist

Occupational Therapist

Paediatrician

These specialised doctors focus on children's physical and emotional health in community settings, offering essential medical care and support for children and adolescents.

Educational Psychologists

They specialise in applying psychological principles to foster students' academic success, psychological well-being, and overall development in educational environments.

SEN Consultant

Working at the Evolving Mind Clinic, these professionals guide families through the EHCNA process or suggest alternative beneficial routes for children’s needs.

Speech and Language Therapists

These therapists, also known as SALTs, diagnose and treat children’s speech, language, and communication disorders to improve their quality of life.

Counselling Psychotherapist

These therapists, also known as SALTs, diagnose and treat children’s speech, language, and communication disorders to improve their quality of life.

Occupational Therapy

Dedicated to assisting children in achieving independence by addressing developmental, sensory, and motor challenges, ensuring full participation in daily activities at school and home.

Paediatrician

A consultant paediatrician is a specialised medical doctor who provides healthcare services to children and adolescents in community-based settings.

At The Evolving Mind Clinic our consultant paediatrician can offer the following:

  • Comprehensive ADHD assessment process; in conjunction with other clinicians at the clinic
  • General health screening as part of ASD assessment process
  • Medication appointment and reviews
  • Follow up appointment following a diagnosis to discuss implications and potential next steps.

Educational Psychologist

Educational Psychologists specialise in applying psychological principles and research to educational settings. Their primary role is to support the psychological well-being, learning, and development of individuals within educational contexts, which can include schools, colleges and universities.

At The Evolving Mind Clinic our Educational Psychologist can offer the following:

  • Comprehensive assessment as part of an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) or to update an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • More specific assessment of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs
  • Direct work around attachment disorders
  • Cognitive assessments including Dyslexia testing.
  • Music as therapy
  • Counselling
  • Psychological and Psychometric testing

SEND Consultants

SEND Consultants have an in-depth knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and Children and Families Act 2014 which underpins the way that local authorities should manage the assessment process for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and the review process of EHCPs.

At The Evolving Mind Clinic our SEN Consultant can offer the following:

  • Your initial meeting at The Evolving Mind Clinic will be with one of our SEN Consultants to talk through your initial concerns and the potential pathways available.
  • Talk you through the reasons why you might apply for an EHCNA or why it might not be appropriate.
  • Support you to apply for an EHCNA if necessary.
  • Support you to review a draft EHC plan.
  • Support you to liaise with the Local Authority (LA); we would want to empower you to do this independently as an EHCP can stay in place until a young person is 25, this means that there is likely to be a significant amount of correspondence with the LA over the years.

Speech and Language Therapist

A Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) is trained to assess, diagnose and provide treatment for children with speech, language and communication needs.

At The Evolving Mind Clinic our SALT can offer the following:

  • ADOS assessment as part of the full ASD assessment in collaboration with other clinicians in the clinic
  • Speech and Language Assessments where there are identified difficulties with speech, language and communication.
  • Speech and Language Therapy where this has been identified as appropriate by an assessment.
  • Emotional literacy work and Zones of Regulation
  • Work to support Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs in the context of communication.
  • Support with social skills and friendships
  • Parent training to support parent/ child interaction.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) techniques
  • Lego therapy which works on applying communicative skills to a group activity
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs) which supports early communication for non-verbal children.
  • Attention Autism which works on attention skills

Counselling 

Counselling is a confidential process which helps an individual to work through their mental health problems and gain a greater understanding of themselves, with a trusted and qualified listener.
There may be some challenges that you or your young person is facing, which you may want to understand better and work through with a counsellor in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive space. Counsellors can help with many presenting issues, such as anxiety, grief, trauma, stress, sexuality and gender identity, and self-esteem.
We currently provide one to one counselling sessions for those aged 11 and over, regardless of a neurodivergent diagnosis.
We offer both short and long-term humanistic therapy, which incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as:
person-centred therapy (PCT), psychodynamic theory, solution-focused therapy (SFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and creative play.
Counselling can help with:
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Learning new strategies and ways to manage difficult feelings
  • Strengthening boundaries
  • Greater understanding and sense of self and what is important to you in life
  • Understanding the narratives that are holding you back or keeping you stuck
  • Identifying patterns of thinking and feeling
  • A space to consider things in a new way, gaining clarity and perspective on emotions, behaviours and relationships

Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist supports children and young people to participate in daily life as fully as possible, this can be through support with fine and gross motor skills and also with sensory integration concerns.

At The Evolving Mind Clinic our Occupational Therapist can offer the following:

  • Fine motor skill development: writing, drawing, manipulating small items, cutting with scissors, hand strength and computer use.
  • Gross motor skill development: running, climbing, ball skills, jumping, catching, and coordinating both sides of the body.
  • Self-care: difficulties with dressing, eating, showering, toileting, following routines.
  • Visual processing and memory: processing and retaining visual information.
  • Sensory Integration: Identifying issues with sensory processing and teaching strategies to cope.
  • Emotional regulation: Identifying, understanding and expressing emotions.
  • Parental support to manage behaviour.
  • Dyspraxia/DCD: working to improve the brain/body connection to allow for new skills to be learnt and executed with confidence.
  • School support: Engaging in the classroom, school refusal.
  • Social skills: Making and keeping friends, conversation with others, asking others to play, rules of play, turn taking, sharing, winning, and losing.

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