We work with a whole range of young people at One-Eighty, so depending on what programme your child is participating in, your interaction with One-Eighty staff might be quite different. So check out the kinds of programmes we offer and make sure you know what programme your child is in. If you are in any doubt you should call the school.
We offer an approach that can either be 1-2-1 for you, your child, or for your whole family. We’re quite interactive, and we often give you strategies that we would like you to try out at home.
For young children we use behaviour therapies to help them communicate their thoughts and feelings. For teens and adolescents we use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CBT can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. It’s the most effective evidence based treatment for most behavioural and emotional challenges.
Our support is flexible depending on what we both agree would suit you, your child and your situation the best. If we offer you a whole family approach it will often mean we will support all members of your family for at least 1 hour a week. If it is just your child we might offer up to 3 sessions per week, and we might suggest that we complete some of this work in school (so it’s easier for them and you). If you or your child have CBT on an individual basis, you will usually meet with a CBT therapist for between 5 and 20 weekly or fortnightly sessions, with each session lasting 60-90 minutes.
Your therapist is someone with a psychology qualification, and they will also have accreditation in CBT.
The first few sessions will be spent making sure your therapy is the right therapy for you, and that you are comfortable with the process. The therapist will ask questions about your life and background. They will also set some targets with you about what you want to achieve by the end of the support.
If you are anxious or depressed, the therapist will ask whether it interferes with your family, work and social life. They will also ask about events that may be related to your problems, treatments you have had, and what you would like to achieve through therapy.
If it seems appropriate, the therapist will let you know what to expect from a course of treatment. If it is not appropriate, or you do not feel comfortable with it, they can recommend alternative treatments.
Aspects of our support
We differ from many other psychotherapies because it is:
pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them,
highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist will discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve,
focused on current problems – it is mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues,
collaborative – your therapist will not tell you what to do; they will work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties.