What Psychological Services do I offer?

Therapy Services

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT MY WEBSITE. THE SERVICES ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE AND STEPPING STONES PSYCHOLOGY WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2017. THE SERVICES WILL RESUME AS NORMAL FOLLOWING THIS PERIOD. PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

I offer psychological services for adult, children, teenagers and parents in  form of consultation services and therapy services in Sheffield (South Yorkshire, U.K), nationwide and worldwide .

Consultation services are a preventative and proactive approach to getting some guidance and support during a life transition or in daily living. Consultation is for the benefit of helping a client find some answers, advice, guidance and/or resources for their particular concerns. It is short-term (2 sessions) and can be supplemented with phone or online sessions to continue the support. It is not meant to be psychotherapy in that it is truly just to receive some guidance and assessment about what might help the client’s situation.

Consultation provides a safe place to talk with a mental health professional about concerns regarding yourself, your partner or your children without the need to commit to on-going psychotherapy, assuming it is not indicated. It allows a client to explore some worries and to make decisions or changes in their lives to move in the direction of wellness and confidence.

Whereas, therapy involves more in-depth work and could take form as brief therapy (max 6 sessions) or as long-term therapy.  Please see below for the various types of therapy I offer.

 

THERAPY SERVICES

  • Individual Therapy sessions – these are sessions aimed at one individual as a whole. I offer these sessions for adults (Adult Therapy), children and adolescents (Child & Adolescent Therapy).
  • Couple Therapy sessions – these are sessions aimed at couples who would like to work  with their relationship issues. The focus will be on the relationship itself by helping the individuals to strengthen their relationship with each other.
  • Family Therapy sessions – these are sessions aimed at families who would like to work on their family dynamics and strengthen their relationship with each family member. They are particularly beneficial when facilitating a better the child-parent(s) relationship and dynamics.
  • Group Therapy sessions – these sessions are aimed at a group of individuals who are experiencing a similar issue or would like to improve in a certain area, for example anger management, emotional self-regulation, depression, and so on.
  • Phone Therapy sessions – these sessions are a convenient alternative to face-to-to face therapy. They can be used as a supplement to continue support while undergoing consultation.
  • Online Psychological Services:

These services are an online approach which is a convenient alternative to face-to-to face therapy.  They offer to help you managing life stressors and emotional needs through online psychological services. This service would be confidential, discrete and flexible, yet high-quality online therapy. I offer the following online psychological services:

– E-mail sessions

– Skype sessions ( For example, Skype Instant Messenger or Skype Call)

Specialist Family Therapy Services

If you are a parent who is struggling to cope and is tired of the daily power-struggles  between your child and yourself you might find the family therapy sessions helpful. These sessions would enable your child’s tantrums to stop, your  child to cooperate and for you both to have a better relationship with each other. It would help you move forward as a family – whether your child is preschool-aged or a teenager.

Parenting in itself is a stressful job despite it being rewarding. However, it can be more challenging to meet the emotional needs of our children when our own emotional needs are unmet. Our unmet emotional needs could be related to our own childhood, our past or even current circumstances, including relationship issues.

Psychological services could help parents to better understand their own emotions which could enable them to deal with parenting issues differently. This includes setting firm but healthy limits while still maintaining connection. Talking things through with a professional can often help bring some clarity at a time when you are struggling to bond with your child or  manage your child’s unhelpful behaviour. Spending this time to stop and reflect can facilitate you to make sense of how you are feeling, offer new understandings and paths to move forward as a family – enabling a deeper understanding and acceptance of your child and of yourself.

I am committed to help families without placing shame, blame or guilt on them as I believe that often diagnoses, labels or a primary focus on behaviour-management can overshadow the real underlying issues. Thus, my approach lies in helping both your child and you to improve the relationships with each other by exploring in-depth the underling issues of any problem behaviour or difficulties that you may be experiencing. This often involves helping you to facilitate a secure attachment between your child and yourself, and develop positive discipline strategies. I also support parents and children by helping them learn new strategies i.e. to apply empathic communication and listening skills into your child-parent relationship, and for you both to find  solutions to conflicts in a collaborative manner.

The outcome of this approach will not only be the transformation of dysfunctional patterns and the relief of suffering. Instead it will be a real and lasting change without the need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe – or even punish (Dr Laura Markham, 2012). It involves the sense of feeling joy, peace, acceptance and love as a result of feeling connected, safe and understood by each other. For further information please visit the following link by Dr Markham’s: http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/Discipline

Whilst working with families I am dedicated to using evidence-based practices which are grounded on latest research on brain development and my clinical experiences with parents to help you identify your strengths and move through difficult times as a family. This often includes psycho-education about our neuronal processes, chemicals and hormones that sometimes hinder us in providing a sensitive and responsive parenting. I support you in improving your ability to remain self-regulated, engaged and connected whilst dealing with your child who is ‘pushing all your buttons’. By using a Brain-Based Approach I will also help you better understand your child’s emotions and behaviour. For instance, findings show that if parents and children can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all their issues, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another (Dr Daniel J. Siegel, 2014).

Attachment-Based Family Therapy is the core of my work with parents and carers where I often use the principles from  Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Further information about my therapeutic approach when working with children, adolescents and families can be viewed by clicking on “Approaches”.

Child & Adolescent Therapy

Emotional difficulties are experienced by most children and teenagers, however like us all, some find these difficulties harder than others and will be in need of professional help to overcome or manage their difficulties. Several  factors could contribute to the difficulties and they often interact with each other, which would further exacerbate the situation. Some of these factors include, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Difficulties related to Boundaries and Discipline
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Low self-esteem and shyness
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Parent-Child Conflicts
  • School difficulties

Stepping Stones Psychology can help children, teenagers and their families manage challenges together and in a collaborative manner whilst helping them to build a strong child-parent relationship. We will ensure that the therapeutic approach we apply would be tailored to meet each client’s individual needs. For instance, for children and teenagers who struggle to articulate their difficulties directly or openly, we would be helping them in the process by using therapeutic elements from Art Therapy or Play Therapy in order to meet their emotional needs, particularly to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable in the sessions.

LANGUAGES

The psychological services are offered in the following languages:

  • English (Spoken and Written)
  • Danish (Spoken and Written)
  • Tamil (Spoken)

FEES

The fess I charge vary depending on the chosen psychological service. For prices please click here(fees).