As parents, our greatest hope for our children is that they have a wonderful and carefree childhood, where they learn the life skills necessary to flourish as adults in the world. However, just like adults, children can experience challenges and roadblocks in their lives for which professional support can help. Whether struggling with behavioural or emotional difficulties, or adjusting to a major life event, these challenges can cause great distress and interfere significantly with family life, and both academic and social functioning. Below is a list of common problems that a psychologist can help a child and their family with.Our dedicated team of psychologists at The Edinburgh Practice are here to help you and your child tackle these issues and work collaboratively to determine the most effective way forward. Our approach is flexible and always adapted to the needs of the child or family.
Common Problems Seen for Assessment & Treatment
- Adjusting to change/life transitions
- Anger/aggression management
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Body image issues, disordered eating & weight concerns
- Dealing with significant loss (family member, friend, beloved family pet)
- Depression/low mood
- Exam or school stress
- Illness adjustment/stress relating to physical health problems
- Low self-esteem/confidence issues
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Parental separation or divorce
- Post-traumatic stress
- School refusal
- Social anxiety
- Social & behavioural issues
Frequently Asked Questions:
What’s the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist and how do I know which professional my child needs to see?
Many people are unsure of the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist. A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in mental health and is primarily trained to prescribe medications and diagnose psychiatric disorders. Some childhood mental health conditions can be treated with medication which can help control and improve symptoms. If a psychiatrist prescribes medication for your child, the professional will usually encourage combining the medication with psychological therapy according to best practice guidelines.
Clinical psychologists are not medical doctors and therefore are unable to prescribe medication. They are trained to doctoral level at university and have completed intensive training in the treatment of mental health problems through a variety of types of talking therapies. During their doctoral training, clinical psychologists complete training placements with children, adults, older adults and people with learning disabilities, and are therefore able to offer therapy to people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Edinburgh Practice does not have the facility to offer an emergency or crisis service. Please contact your GP, out of hours GP or your local accident and emergency department if needing urgent care for your child. Links to useful websites and support lines can be found here.
Sometimes parents are not sure what to tell their child, however it is very important that your child knows that they are coming to The Edinburgh Practice and important that they know why. Many parents find it helpful to explain that they understand that things have been tough and to say something like, “I know you have been upset lately so I have made an appointment with a person who understands why children [e.g. worry a lot/ feel really sad/feel scared] to talk about ways of making things better for you”. This can often be a good opportunity to talk through any concerns or worries in advance of the appointment. You and your child can view our website together www.edinburghpractice.com and look at the practice photos which may help put your child at ease that it is a friendly and welcoming place.
The decision is yours about who should attend the initial consultation. Sometimes, parents find it helpful to book an initial consultation and attend without their child so that they can talk freely about their concerns. Other parents prefer to come with their child. If your child does attend, it is usually helpful for the clinician to spend part of the assessment alone with your child. Depending on their age, this will involve either playing together or chatting informally. This helps the clinician to observe the child behaving naturally and is an important part of the assessment. The rest of the time will be spent gathering a clinical history including questions relating to your current concerns regarding your child, in addition to an overview of how these difficulties impact on day-to-day life. Following this, feedback will be given to you and your child and a therapeutic treatment plan (if indicated) will be made.
You can pre-pay for your appointments by calling us on 0131 467 0981 using a debit or credit card. You can also pay via debit or credit card upon arrival at the practice. If you would rather pay via bank transfer, please let us know and we can send an invoice via email; however please note that payment must be made before the date of the appointment. Please note that we do not take cash payments for our services.
Yes, we operate a strict 48-hour cancellation policy for appointments. Cancellations made within this period will be charged 50% of the full rate. Cancellations can be made via phone or email. This policy is in place as our clinicians often are waitlisted and work at The Edinburgh Practice for limited hours each week.
Child Psychology Appointments
For psychology appointments, we work on a self-referral basis. In order to ensure that we can meet your child’s treatment needs we have created a referral form. To request a from, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 467 0981. Once received, this form will be reviewed by our clinical team and you will be contacted within 1 working day to arrange an initial consultation. We aim to offer you an initial appointment within a week but often it can be as soon as 48 hours.
*Please note: If you are planning to pay via private medical insurance, you will generally require a GP referral. Please refer to our insurance page to check if this is necessary with your provider.
Child Psychiatry Appointments
In line with best practice guidelines, we require a referral from your GP, your child’s school, or another health professional if you wish your child to see our Consultant Child Psychiatrist.
This depends on the nature of your policy. Please check with your provider to see whether psychology and/or psychiatry are covered, how many sessions can be included and if there are any other restrictions. Some therapists on the team are registered with the major health insurance providers – Cigna, Aviva, WPA, AXA-PPP and Vitality. Please ask us first to see which professionals are registered, as you will be responsible for any payments accrued regardless of the type of insurance cover you have. *Please note- we do not work with BUPA or BUPA Global.