I Matter Specialist Psychological Services
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I MATTER SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
We specialise in supporting professionals and parents where there is a concern about a child presenting with anxious or challenging behaviour that has been present for more than 9 months and where a number of things have been tried that have not yet seemed to help.
Our aim is to engage with both adults and young people affected by difficult circumstances or trauma helping everyone learn how to build their confidence and full potential in the context of happier and healthier relationships.
In our I Matter Clinics, we have experience in providing interventions for behavioural and mental health issues pertaining, but not limited, to
- Academic Challenges
- Adjustment Disorders
- Anger Management
- Anxiety Disorders
- Assertiveness Training
- Attachment Disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral Issues
- Career Counseling
- Childhood Behavioral Disorders
- Communication and Emotional Expression
- Coping Skills
- Developmental Delays
- Domestic Abuse/Domestic Violence
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Grief and Loss
- Identity Issues
- Impulse Control
- Marital and Premarital concerns
- Men’s Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessions and Compulsions
- Parenting Skills
- Relational Challenges
- Sensory Processing Struggles
- Social Skills Training
- Stage of Life Transitions
- Stress Reduction
- Substance Use
- Women’s Issues
Via the I Matter Clinics, we offer a number of interconnected therapeutic approaches that address a variety of behavioural and emotional challenges for children through adulthood. However all of our services are informed by the premises of the I Matter Framework.
This is important. As most of the families that we support are seeking support for issues that are of a longer term nature, it is important to us that we ensure from the outset that we have some shared understanding of what we are going to work on together - and how the work can best proceed. Most specifically we see the role of the adult - and notably the parent-carer role as absolutely key to best outcomes for your child.
Therefore we spend time at the outset getting to know you and sharing I Matter so that we can move forward together with some agreed priorities. Once we have agreed on the core priorities then there may be a number of different therapeutic approaches that could be helpful.
So at the outset we will contact you to discuss the suggest an initial plan that could be most appropriate for helping you through your present circumstances. As each family situation is different, our staff will work with you to create an individualized plan that is specific to your situation.
I MATTER ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
An I Matter Assessment and Recommendations process is one of the key services we offer. The assessment and recommendations process involves you sharing information with us and us providing you with some Introductory and First Steps Training. We then talk with you to make some recommendations and agree some key priorities and goals.
In depth Assessment
Consultation and Recommendations
The core of the assessment package uses online learning and can be supported through face to face sessions (in person or online) or via supported online study, At present we have some funds for this initial assessment package through the Kendal GP network
I Matter Intensive: The Pillars of the I Matter Framework
The I Matter Intensive can be introduced through face to face sessions (in person or online) or via supported online study
THE I MATTER E|XTENDED TRAINING JOURNEY
If you are experiencing more escalated or complex challenges, then an I Matter Extended Training Journey is at the core of our services. This equips you with advanced insight and skills that will support you in your very important role with your child. I Matter Training is carefully structured but some people only do the First Steps and others study to more depth:
Foundation A Confusion to Clarity
Foundation B Watching Affectionately
Intermediate A Thinking Developmentally
Intermediate B Nurturing Growth
INDIVIDUALLY CUSTOMISED THERAPY:
Once we have shared some of the key ideas in an I Matter approach, therapeutic support is available to clients of all ages ranging from children to adulthood. In this type of therapeutic care, we will meet with you in a one-to-one manner to help you reach your identified goals. Your care is tailored and may involve a variety of techniques. When involving older clients, this type of therapy will typically take the form of traditional “talk therapy” to address current challenges. Other variations of individual therapy may incorporate play therapy and games, art therapy with mixed mediums, or other therapeutic methods such as writing, literature, or music to promote insight and expression.
Session frequency, duration, expectancy, and focus will differ for each client as each treatment is uniquely personalized to suit the specific needs of that individual.
I MATTER FAMILY BASED PRACTICE
I Matter Training can actively support a Family based approach. When we work with families we share I Matter thinking with you and use this as a way to help you think about how to restore healthy relationships between the different and varied relationships that exist between family members. When participating in I Matter family services, all identified family members can attend sessions to collaboratively work toward the collective goals. A family model allows for each member to not only understand their role within the family, but how to use their role for bringing about change in the overall family dynamics. Family members learn how their behaviors, mindsets, communication patterns, and roles contribute to family conflict. While the work with each family is highly individualized, it may include talk, play, behavioral exercises, and assigned tasks to promote encouragement, nurture, structure, understanding, and change. Session frequency, duration, expectancy, and focus will differ for each family.
I MATTER COUPLES PRACTICE:
The focus of I Matter couples practice is to work on the relationship, typically between two people. As a complement to your I Matter Training we will meet with you and your partner to help you both toward your identified goals in the relationship between you. While the care of a couple or marriage is highly individualized, I Matter informed couples practice may include talk, play, behavioural exercises, or assigned tasks to promote encouragement, nurture, acceptance, structure, understanding, and change. Session frequency, duration, expectancy, and focus will differ for each couple or marriage as each partnership is unique.
I MATTER PRE AND POST ADOPTION SUPPORT
I Matter pre and post adoption support focusses on preparing you for your very important role as the adult carers of one or more children who have experienced significant trauma and disruption. This is a very demanding and specialist role. Preparation is needed but so is careful and thoughtful care in the period post placement and subsequently. We think of post adoption care like dentistry. When there are some compllications it is important to attend regular check ups to ensure that not just the child but the adult-child relationship and the other relationships around the child are progressing in a healthy direction.
Prevention of difficulties through early thoughtful actions is much easier than reactive support when difficulties have become more established or entrrenched. So we will work with you to develop a shared understanding and then support for an individually customised plan.
I MATTER CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX AND LONGER TERM NEEDS
I Matter care for complex and longer term needs again focusses on preparing adults for their very important role as the adult carers of one or more children who has additional needs of a varied causes and impact. In all situations the role of the adult who is caring for a child or young person with additional needs is a very demanding and specialist role. It requires advanced insights and skills. So preparation is needed but so is careful and thoughtful care over a longer term period We think of complex needs care like dentistry. When there are some complications it is important to attend regular check ups to ensure that you are working effectively with your child to progress important skills. A great deal of the therapeutic care happens not in the clinic but in your home setting. So the role of the professional support service is to ensure that not just the child but the adult-child relationship and the other relationships around the child are progressing in a healthy direction.
Prevention of escalated difficulties through early thoughtful actions is much easier than reactive support when difficulties have become more established or entrenched. So we will work with you to develop a shared understanding and then support for an individually customised plan.
LIASION AND CORE TRAINING WITH SCHOOLS AND OTHER SERVICES
If you are caring for a child with additional needs then one of the most important objectives is to develop a shared approach at home and school so that everyone is working together with some shared priorities. I Matter Training is designed to make the process of developing a shared approach much easier to achieve.
Our assessment process actively involves teaching staff and teaching assistants and our training structure can equip staff supporting children with additional needs with the key insights needed to help your child progress using a systematic plan.
THE COMMUNITY WHEEL AND THE RELATIONSHIP HEALTH NETWORK
Once you have got some initial understanding of the I Matter Framework and its implications then you may be interested in joining the Community Wheel. This is a membership network designed to support self-assessment, discussion and reflection about the many components that are part of the everyday parenting and caring role.
We have a Community Wheel Membership network for professionals and one for parents.
Each month we tackle a different theme informed by the needs and the questions of the community