How does it work?
Maybe you would like to know more about how I work and what I can do for your child. Make that phone call today or write me an email with your phone number and I will contact you.
If you decide to continue after our first contact we will make an appointment for an intake interview. Prior to this intake interview you will receive a questionnaire, in which all data and information about your child and the problem can be filled in. I would appreciate it if I could receive the questionnaire back 3 to 7 days before the intake interview. This helps me to prepare myself for our meeting.
The Dutch Medical Treatment Contracts Act (WGBO) states that in the case of children up to the age of 12, both parents decide and agree on medical treatment. Children between 12 and 16 years old also need to agree to treatment. Children from the age of 16 years may register without consent of the parents.
The child may be present at the intake interview from the age of 12.
During the intake interview, you and I will look whether your child will benefit from child therapy. If both of you agree, you will receive a written statement that both of you (and your child when 12 years and older) where you will agree with therapy. The therapy starts when both parents have signed. It is important that you prepare your child for child therapy.
In therapy, all kinds of materials and tools that are being used during the interventions is appropriate for your child’s age, level of development and issue. Some children express themselves through play, others through creativity and others talk easily. Some children are silent during the sessions and need more time; other children are enthusiastic and cooperative. Each child is different and will be treated with respect.
The first sessions
The first sessions will be used to gain trust between child and therapist. From trust, we can build a relationship which we need to get more insight into the problem and to work towards a possible solution. Without this trust, therapy is not possible.
Parent evaluation meeting
After these first sessions I make an appointment with parents to zoom in on the problem and the treatment that will follow. We discuss how you can support your child’s learning journey. It can happen that even during the first sessions positive changes can be noticed.
Note: the child is allowed to indicate what it wants me to tell to its parents. This can sometimes be difficult for parents, but it is in the interest of the process and the benefit of the child.
The continuation of the sessions
The child continues to work on the problem – new skill, and experiences how its own strengths can help in dealing with the problem. This will help them to gain in self-confidence, to feel happier and be more relaxed.
Sometimes the sessions are weekly, sometimes it is also possible every other week. This depends on the problem, the child, the moment of where we are in the process.
Evaluation during therapy
Every 5 sessions I would like to plan an evaluation with parents. This helps us to stay transparent and keep our focus in the same direction.
End of the therapy
The child usually indicates that it feels ready to continue its journey by itself and to use the tools that have been learnt during therapy. The final session will be one of celebrating success.
The General Data Protection Regulation (AVG) sets requirements for the way in which I handle your personal data, and I strive to meet the requirements set in the AVG (GDPR).
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