Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I see a therapist?

Family Psychology Solutions is currently developing its services in Wales.

Do you have a waiting list?

We aim to offer an initial consultation within 14 days of your enquiry.

What is the difference between counselling and psychological therapy?

There are many different types of psychological therapy. You may have heard of counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis, person centred therapy, systemic therapy or transactional analysis. These are just a few of the many types of therapy available. Our psychologists have extensive training in two or more different types of therapy, and they work in an individual and integrative way. They consider your unique circumstances and draw on all of their knowledge and experience, as well as research evidence, to agree a tailored approach to meet your particular needs. This is carried out in a collaborative process with regular reviews and adjustments if necessary.

How do I choose the right psychologist, therapist or counsellor for me or my family?

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision – don’t rush into it. Have a look at this guide 5 STEPs to choosing a therapist

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental Alienation refers to the resistance to a relationship with one parent, and perhaps all of that parent’s family, without any apparent reason. It is very unusual for a child to become resistant to a direct relationship with their mum or dad, in the absence of any familial abuse or violence. Sometimes, when there is acrimony and conflict between the parents, a child may unconsciously seek to reduce their anxiety – or that of their parent. This can result in a child rejecting one parent. This reduces the immediate anxiety – but often risks lifelong psychological damage.

Occasionally, the level of hostility when a relationship breaks down drives one parent, or both, to be overtly abusive and to denigrate the other parent. A child may be encouraged or feel obligated to join in this behaviour. Either mum or dad may prevent a child from seeing the other parent, or prevent any contact at all – no letters, texts or telephone calls. Behaviour such as this can result in long-term distress and emotional ill health.

Family Psychology Solutions offers therapeutic interventions for parents, children, families and anyone affected by parental alienation. Find out more about our psychological therapies here.