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Mental health difficulties

We provide needs assessments for mental health difficulties to children and young people in home, education and community settings.

What are mental health difficulties?

Mental health difficulties negatively impact the way children or young people think, feel or behave, affecting their emotional, social or academic functioning. Mental health difficulties may include:

Mental health difficulties affect children and young people in different ways and may impact many areas of their life. Early needs identification and intervention reduces the secondary effects of mental health difficulties.

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.

How are mental health difficulties assessed?

Mental health difficulties can be assessed through a clinical interview, questionnaires, standardised tests and observations.

Which assessments do we use for mental health difficulties?

When assessing mental health difficulties, we assess a range of areas for children and young people. Examples of assessments we might use include:

  • Family relations test: children's version - This looks at family relationships and how children perceive their family members.
  • BECK youth inventories - These inventories are very useful in assessing the following areas; depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour, self-concept
  • Resiliency scales - Understanding an individual’s capacity for resilience guides interventions and alternative follow up work
  • SIP-C - Self-image profiles for children provides information related to how the child sees themself
  • SIP-A - Self-image profiles for adults measures how an individual perceives themself
  • BASC-3 - Behaviour assessment system for children increases the understanding of the behaviours and emotions of children and young people
  • BASC-3 BESS - Behavioural and emotional screening system helps to identify a range of emotional strengths and challenges
  • SDQ - Strengths and difficulties questionnaire measures a child or young person’s strengths in relation to their social, emotional and mental health

Assessments can take place throughout the intervention as a way of measuring progress and making adaptations to approaches. Assessments and interventions will be discussed during the initial discussion.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment, needs are identified in order to recommend future steps. A specialist intervention reduces the risk of difficulties escalating. Any needs identified will be written up into a brief or a comprehensive report according to the circumstances. This will be discussed during the initial discussion.

What specialist interventions do we offer?

Our psychologists offer various interventions appropriate for many mental health difficulties. Interventions will be chosen depending on the individual and their unique circumstances. Interventions we provide include:

Interventions will be discussed and agreed prior to starting. Interventions can provide children, young people and families with strategies to support them now and in the future, should the difficulties return.

How much does an assessment for mental health difficulties cost?

Due to the varying complexity of assessments and needs, a fixed price will be available following an initial discussion.

  • Assessment with a brief report: from £360-£630
  • Assessment with a comprehensive report: from £450-£990

Mental health difficulties can impact children and young people in various ways at any age and stage of development. Early needs identification and intervention decreases risk and improves outcomes for children and young people with mental health difficulties. If you would like an assessment for mental health difficulties for a child or young person then please contact us now to see how we can help.

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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