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Deborah Shaer Child & Adolescent Therapist - Counsellor

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Online Sessions

Welcome to my new online service. Sessions comprise of Therapeutic counselling for children and adolescents, therapeutic mediations, Mindfulness and Meditation and parental/guardian support sessions.

To make an enquiry, book a session, either fill in the form on the Contacts page or send me an email at [email protected]. Alternatively you can call on +44 (0)7803 362105.

I am committed to delivering safe sessions and lessons on my new online service. As a qualified therapist I already have an enhanced DBS as well as insurance which covers online work. Also, I have taken on an additional and highly qualified Clinical Supervisor who specialises in working with children online.

All documentation and confidential emails are filtered through an end-to-end encryption service for data protection. And, due to the current concerns about Zoom’s lack of data protection and reported intrusions, I am using a medical platform which is HIPAA regulated. This means that the online platform is compliant with technical safeguarding to maintain Electronical Protected Health Information (ePHI) which is created, stored, transmitted or received.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential in my work and transitioning to online therapy during this lockdown period requires appropriate learning to comply with the ethical and data protection laws. It is an unprecedented time and accreditation bodies such as UKCP and BACP are having to adjust, in order to ensure that professionals, especially when working with minors are safe and competent.

For transparency, I have included visuals of my most current certificates related to online therapy work.

Online Sessions. OTI-Certificate

Online Sessions. CTC-Certificate

Information to Parents and Carers of Children and Under 18’s

An online information leaflet will be provided and parental consent forms will be required for under eighteens. With each client or potential client, it will be necessary to discuss the individual needs and proper safeguarding measures on an individual basis. For example, in the case of a young child, certain procedures will be necessary to allow for the safety of the sessions, to be discussed beforehand. This includes an initial assessment for suitability.

Use of Play and Arts Materials

This will be discussed prior to the first session either with the parent/guardian or adolescent.

Online Sessions and Payment

Once a booking has been made, a link will be provided and all instructions given.

Painting by J. R. Korpa, courtesy of Unsplash.

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