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Strength-based approach

A strength-based approach aims to identify an individual’s strengths and how the child or young person can use these strengths to achieve their goals. A strength-based approach can be useful for all individuals. At HSR Psychology, we can implement a strength-based approach to a variety of individuals in a range of settings.

Who is suitable for strength-based approach?

Any young person or child, up to the age of 25, may benefit from a strength-based approach.

A strength-based approach may be ideal for those who: 

To find out how a strength-based approach could benefit you, or those around you, please contact us and find out more.

What benefits a strength-based approach include?

A strength-based approachhelps the individual way in many ways, including:

Following a strength-based approach, we will give some recommendations for effectively supporting the individual. Our recommendations are aimed at helping the individual apply their strengths in daily life.

What happens prior to a strength-based approach?

Prior to a strength-based approach, an initial discussion will take place. Please see our process below.

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 during a strength-based approach?

During a strength-based approach, a HSR Psychology professional will often work with the child or young person to identify the individual’s strengths in a range of areas. The individual will then be asked to think about what they want to improve e.g. academically, socially or emotionally. The individual will then be encouraged to think about how they can apply their strengths in order to best achieve their goals. The child or young person may be taught techniques for maximising their potential by applying their strengths in daily life. Then the individual will have the opportunity to implement these strength-based strategies and then reflect on the outcome. A strength-based approach can be used alongside other interventions. 

What happens after a strength-based approach?

After a strength-based approach, the individual will then be able to use their strengths to achieve their goals. We may also suggest carrying out a follow-up session. We can provide the outcome of a strength-based approach through either a feedback session or, if needed, a written report. You will be supported through the whole intervention process, hence why we always offer the option to provide follow-up support.

Do we include a report alongside a strength-based approach?

After an intervention, a report is always recommended. Such report includes the details of what happened during the strength-based approach, our impact, and recommendations we have for the future. We also offer a comprehensive report that highlights how the individual’s strengths can be used to maximise their potential. A report from a strength-based approach can be used for numerous reasons, including: personal use, school use, medical use, funding and support, support with an application, or evidence of input. A strength-based approach can be used for various reasons. If you do not need a written report, we can provide feedback verbally, along with a brief summary. Read more about our reports.

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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Next steps...

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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