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Adjustment difficulties

Our specialist psychologists assess adjustment difficulties in homes, education settings and the community.

What are adjustment difficulties?

Adjustment difficulties refer to challenges which occur due to a change in situation or circumstance, they are sometimes known as ‘situational depression’ or ‘stress response syndrome’. Adjustment difficulties are considered when symptoms occur within three months of the life event or change in circumstance. Adjustment difficulties tend to be caused by temporary situations such as:

Symptoms of adjustment difficulties include:

Adjustment difficulties differ from person to person, although what they have in common is that they were not present before the change in situation or circumstance occurred. Early identification of needs supports children and young people in overcoming difficulties and reducing the impact of the symptoms on their lives.

How are adjustment difficulties assessed?

Adjustment difficulties are assessed through a combination of assessments for social, academic and family functioning, observations, clinical interviews and a developmental background. A full history in addition to a current assessment is important in assessing adjustment difficulties as it provides information relating to prior and post the traumatic event.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment the results will be reported back to you. Our psychologist may make recommendations related to next steps in order to support the child or young person. Next steps may involve a therapeutic intervention.

Which interventions do we provide for adjustment difficulties?

Adjustment difficulties can affect a child or young person during any stage of their development which is why we provide a broad range of adaptable psychological interventions. Interventions we provide include:

Interventions are chosen depending on the child, young person, family situation and the specifics of the adjustment difficulties.

How much does an assessment for are adjustment difficulties cost?

An assessment for adjustment difficulties can vary in length and a quote will be provided following an initial discussion. An average assessment for adjustment difficulties costs:

  • Assessment and brief report: £360
  • Assessment with comprehensive report: £450

Adjustment difficulties are caused by a stressful life event or change in circumstances. When an individual experiences adjustment difficulties there is usually a change in their behaviour or mood which may cause concern. To book an initial discussion for adjustment difficulties, or to talk to a member of our team, please contact us now.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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