Phoenix Psychology in Honiley nr Kenilworth: the largest independent provider of psychological services in the Midlands.

Phoenix Psychology Group is an independent provider of psychological services in the Midlands and operates from Phoenix House in Honiley nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire and Cornwall Buildings, Birmingham.

Our specialist services for looked after & adopted children

The Phoenix Psychology Group understand the complexities in the lives of looked after children and young people and provides a range of psychological services to these children, to their families and to the systems that surround them. These services include:

Adoption support

We offer psychological consultation and support to adoptive parents and families. We also provide this service to prospective adoptive parents at various stages along their adoption journey. Our approach to working with adoptive families is based upon our understanding of families and systems and informed by a range of psychological theories and ideas (including; attachment theory, narrative therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy approaches). Equally as important, our approach is based upon listening to and understanding adoptive parents' experiences, hopes, fears and needs as carers and offering a space to think about and reflect upon these issues. Through consultation, we aim to help adoptive parents understand the often complex needs of their adopted child/ren and to feel better equipped to respond.

Psychological consultation to a child's network

Psychological consultation provides a reflective space in which professionals within a child's network, can come together to explore the child's needs in a way which provides ideas for a way forward. Through consultation, the network can gain a shared, psychologically informed, understanding of the child, insight into issues and difficulties and an experienced Psychologist will facilitate a discussion leading to joint problem solving. This is not a statutory or agenda driven meeting, a substitute for professional supervision or a means of obtaining an 'expert opinion'; Psychological Consultation aims to lead to an increased understanding and arriving at a shared explanation of the child's issues, functioning, behaviour and a way forward, based upon the unfolding story presented in the consultation. We provide consultation to a wide range of professionals, for example within residential and therapeutic settings, schools and Local Authorities.

Training on mental health issues and looked after children

We provide bespoke training and workshop packages particularly focussing on well being, emotional and behavioural issues and mental health issues specific to children and young people who are looked after . This can range from one off sessions through to more extended pieces of work. Training can be provided to schools and residential settings to help staff better understand attachment difficulties and how best to manage challenging behaviour. Examples of past training topics include; attachment; child brain development; understanding and responding to self-harm; understanding young people's behaviour; working with families; Autistic Spectrum Disorders / Developmental Disorders; emotional difficulties such as anxiety, anger, depression. To ensure the quality of our training sessions we routinely evaluate training and incorporate feedback into future practice.

Therapy with children and young people

We provide a range of direct therapeutic interventions for children and young people who are looked after or adopted. We may recommend a phased intervention plan that promotes a network approach to supporting the stability of a placement and containing a child so that they are able to engage with, and make use of therapy sessions. Where children and young people have been subject to developmental trauma, abuse and neglect we utilise and draw upon a range of evidence based therapy models such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

We have several specialist Clinical Psychologists trained to be able to incorporate Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) into their work. DDP is a therapeutic model developed by Daniel A. Hughes for children and young people who have experienced trauma, neglect, loss and/or other dysregulating experiences. It is based on principles derived from attachment theory and research. DDP differs from traditional approaches to child therapy in that the active involvement of the child's carer throughout the therapy sessions is considered preferable.

Therapy sessions involve creating a safe setting in which the child can begin to explore, resolve and integrate a wide range of memories, emotions and current experiences that are frightening, shameful or avoided. With the support of a carer to co-regulate their emotions, a child is helped to co-construct a more coherent life-story (or narrative) with the aim of facilitating attachment security and a child's readiness to rely on and trust adults. The primary therapeutic attitude conveyed throughout the sessions is one of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE). Often, work begins with the carer to prepare them for supporting the child through the therapy sessions and to help them develop the therapeutic attitude of PACE within their parenting at home. Not only are DDP ideas and principles particularly useful to draw upon in our direct therapeutic work with children, they are often a key component of the consultation and support our Clinical Psychologists provide to foster carers, parents and professionals working with Looked After and Adopted Children

Our collaborative approach

The Phoenix Psychology Group endeavour to work collaboratively with Local Authorities, CAFCASS, independent foster care organisations, residential homes, health services and other statutory and non-statutory organisations to deliver ethical, effective support, assessment and therapeutic interventions for looked after and adopted children. We have a number of substantive contracts that enable us to be part of the specialised statutory provision.