We are a small team of behaviour analysts and psychologists who are passionate about delivering individualised, high quality services in order to improve the quality of life of the individuals and families we work with.
We have all worked internationally which we feel brings additional richness to our work, our experience spans the UK and Ireland, France, Italy, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
We are passionate about our work and take the time to get to know our teens and families so that they can be comfortable with us. This means we are happy to meet in a coffee shop if your teen isn’t comfortable with a clinical environment, we can visit your home (where distance allows), when it is tough to get a babysitter or the time to make an appointment, and we work evenings and weekends (within reason) to try to match the busy schedules of our families. We also happily work via skype where distance and time is an issue.
We work closely as a team and all receive regular supervision in order to ensure our practice is at its best it can be.
As a small close-knit team at NETwork, we are trained in a number of different approaches and utilise skills from:
- Applied Behaviour Analysis and Verbal Behaviour
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy
- Humanistic Counselling (person centred counselling, gestalt theory and transactional analysis)
We have each been in the field of behaviour analysis and psychology for over thirteen years. Over the last few years we have specialised more and more in working with older children, teens and young adults. This has come about for a number of reasons. We believe it is a combination of the lack of routine provision of proactive, evidence based and effective interventions together with our incredible success as a team.
The approach we use depends entirely on the needs of your teen and your family. For some it will be weekly, fortnightly or monthly one to one counselling. Some individuals benefit most from family meetings as opposed to one to one sessions. Others may have more intensive needs. For example, if you or your son or daughter struggles with communication, social and/or behavioural challenges we may design a program that provides more support. This could look like:
- ‘out and about’ sessions with a therapist. In these sessions, the therapist will visit various places such as museums, or even just a coffee shop so that your teen can have an opportunity to develop the social skills they need in real life
- family meetings - so that families can learn better how to support each other, we may run family meetings which aim to teach topics such as anger management, assertive communication, goals setting and planning skills.
- 1:1 clinic sessions - we try to be creative and dynamic in our teaching with teens. First off we get to understand their likes and interests so we know what tools might most reach them, and then we use age appropriate tools to help to teach them the skills they need. In the age of social media we have found using various psychoeducational youtube videos and ipad or iphone apps can be an effective way to teach teens without them feeling like it is a teaching session, and which they are actually likely to apply in everyday life because they have been able to relate
We work integratively which means upon understanding the issues your teen is facing we adopt an approach or perhaps multiple approaches that we will think will most meet the needs they have.
Where appropriate, Listening is the very core of our work as therapists, and what we aim is that when our young people walk away they feel like that their story has been heard, and that someone else has understood them.
We believe that those we work with are active agents of their own change. So when we work with your teen we will actively encourage them to apply the tools they are learning in our sessions to what is happening in everyday life.
We believe that each and every teen has gifts and talents that can be drawn out and utilised to fulfill their goals and hopes, we believe that challenges and weaknesses that we have can be used constructively and turned into strengths.
Every person that we work with is so different. Some older children, teens and young adults we work with come to us with no or little language coupled with behavioural challenges. Others will be struggling to achieve socially or academically. Some may have begun to walk down a road this is not healthy for their future success. Whatever the struggle or struggles you come to us with, we will seek to develop a solution to meet your needs. We have helped 47 years olds begin to speak for the first time and teenagers who have not left their room for over a year succeed and go on to attend (and most importantly, enjoy) University.