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Dr Susan Krasner at The British Psychological Society health & care professionals council Children and Families

For some children and their families, more than one therapeutic approach may be employed, for example, when a period of exploratory, psychodynamic treatment might be followed by a more structured CBT programme.

In all cases, however, the aim is to offer treatment that provides long lasting improvements in as focussed and as brief a way as is possible. Many of the patients referred to The Psychology Practice are seen for between 4 and 8 treatment appointments. There are however many exceptions to this: those who may only be seen once or twice and those who are seen for much longer.

The Services We Offer

At The Psychology Practice, based on a thorough assessment of you and / or your child’s difficulties your clinical psychologist will discuss with you which type of psychological treatment is likely to effect change and improvement for you and / or your child as swiftly and effectively as possible.

This discussion will include the type of therapy being recommended and whether this will be offered on an individual, parental or family basis, and an estimate of the number and frequency of appointments.

Clinical psychologists here at The Psychology Practice are qualified to offer a range of established and empirically tested therapies. These include, for example:


Over many years, psychologists have sought to understand how we function as human beings. Based on rigorous scientific testing, psychological theories help us to understand how we think and how we behave; how we interact with one another, within our families, within groups and within society as a whole, and how we develop, from childhood to adulthood and to old age.

Clinical psychology is the application of these scientifically developed and tested theories of human psychological functioning to mental and psychological health problems and difficulties throughout the lifespan.

Clinical psychologists have all completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate training in clinical psychology, (currently a 3 year doctoral training). Many have also completed PhDs and/or prior to undertaking their clinical training, spent many years working in relevant mental health fields.

To protect the public, the term “Clinical Psychologist” is protected and only those clinicians who have fulfilled the criteria and standards set down by the Health Professions Council are entitled to describe themselves as such and to register with the Health Professions Council as Registered Practitioner Psychologists. All clinical psychologists at The Psychology Practice are registered with the HCPC as Registered Practitioner Psychologists.

In addition, all clinical psychologists at The Psychology Practice are Chartered Psychologists, denoted CPsychol, a title conferred by the British Psychological Society as a mark of experience, competence and reputation. All Chartered Psychologists must abide by the British Psychological Society’s Member Conduct Rules and Codes of Conduct and Ethics.

Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists have undergone a medical (and not a psychological) training and as such, can prescribe medication where this might be indicated in cases of severe and serious mental illness. More information can be obtained from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Counsellors and psychotherapists have more varied training backgrounds and may not have training in either medicine or psychology (although some do). Many use forms of therapy that seek to help with psychological difficulties by listening, and by increasing self-awareness and understanding.

Behaviour Therapy

Behavioural approaches seek to change and shape a child’s behaviour in order to effect improvement. With young children, for example, behavioural approaches are often used to target sleep problems, tantrums, toileting difficulties, etc. Behavioural approaches are often used too for anxiety difficulties such as phobias.

Cognitive-behaviour Therapy

The majority (but not all) of the treatments offered at The Psychology Practice are cognitive-behavioural. Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) seeks to effect improvement by changing the ways in which we think and behave, gradually replacing maladaptive thoughts and behaviours with adaptive, positive alternatives.

Psychodynamic Therapies & Counselling

Psychodynamic therapies and counselling offer a more reflective approach to treatment, wherein the clinical psychologist will help the child/family to be aware of and gain insight into and understanding of the emotions being experienced. Through such increased awareness and understanding, the child, adolescent or parent is helped to resolve the difficulties they are experiencing. Bereavement / grief therapy, for example, with children and their families is often based on this therapeutic approach.

Psychodynamic Therapies & Counselling

TPP has developed a schools’ psychological well-being service (PWBS), to foster and support adolescents’ psychological health. We are delighted to be the provider of the St Helen’s School Northwood Psychological Well-Being Service.

This bespoke service is designed to foster students’ swift return to positive psychological well-being and to prevent problems escalating into more serious mental health issues.