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Family difficulties

Our psychologists and psychotherapists support families who are experiencing difficulties. We can provide support in the home setting, education settings and the community.

What are family difficulties?

Family difficulties can occur due to different reasons and can have an effect on the wellbeing of family members. Some family difficulties may be due to:

Family difficulties can have an effect on the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. For example, if a family difficulty leads to an increase in arguments, this can affect children and young people in the household. Some of the indicators that family difficulties are affecting an individual include:

Identifying and addressing needs early supports families by reducing this impact on their lives. 

How do we assess needs around family difficulties?

Needs in relation to family difficulties can be assessed through a combination of the following approaches:

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) assessment

A SEMH assessment will assess the individual’s ability to recognise and address their emotions. Also, a SEMH assessment will highlight any mental health difficulties which can then be addressed. 


A child or young person may be observed in the home, community or even in school. Observations allow our specialists to see how the individual behaves in their day-to-day life, whilst gathering essential information about the best ways to support the child or young person.

Clinical interviews 

Clinical interviews involve discussions between our specialists and relevant people who care for the individual e.g. teacher, parent.

A full history as well as an assessment is important in assessing needs around family difficulties as it provides a well-rounded view of the families situation. By understanding a family's needs in detail, we can provide flexible interventions which mould around the families unique dynamic.

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 around family difficulties?

After an assessment, we will suggest recommendations related to the next steps in order to support the family. All of the information and recommendations from the assessment can be provided in a brief or comprehensive report. The next step may involve a therapeutic intervention which will be adapted around any needs identified in the assessment.

Which interventions for family difficulties do we provide?

Family difficulties can impact a child or young person during any stage of their development which is why we offer a broad range of adaptable psychological interventions. Interventions we provide for family difficulties include:

We choose interventions based on the specifics of the family difficulties and the family situation.

There is often a change in the mood or behaviour when an individual or those around them experience family difficulties. To proceed with booking an initial discussion for services related to family difficulties, or to talk to one of our team members, please contact us now.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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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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