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Purple Octopus Management provides psychotherapeutic support and therapy for clients experiencing symptoms associated with severe trauma, post-traumatic stress and PTSD, together with a wide range of clinical and educational assessments, including autism (ASD), Cognitive, Educational and ADHD assessments, for young children, teenagers and adults.

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How can WE help YOU?

We believe that there is always a solution to life's many challenges. 

Who are we?

Our premium service provides individual and group programmes of psychotherapeutic support for children, young people and adults who have experienced deep-rooted trauma, enabling them to face their fears and break down the barriers to making significant and positive changes to their lives.  We also provide full assessment protocols for ASD, ADHD and other potential diagnoses.

Our clinical team has decades of experience, and a track record that proves that trauma and learned responses to trauma are not a life sentence, and that, for many people, full recovery is not just a hope but a reality.  We have extensive experience working with children in care with local authorities.  We also have personal and lived experiences of military life and operational duty.

How do we do it?

We work with clients face-to-face or online, serving the UK. We offer a full service to non-English speakers via an interpreter, including Ukrainian and classic Arabic, Farsi and Pashto, and are experienced in working with people from war-torn countries, whether resettled families, unaccompanied children or adults.
We have many years of experience working with clients of all ages, from 18 months old onwards, with autism, ADHD, and many other diagnoses.

We also hold certification as an ADHD Clinical Services Provider.

ASD and ADHD Assessments

We have availability in **September, October and November 2024** 
for private ADHD and autism assessments.

At Purple Octopus, we specialise in comprehensive assessment protocols tailored for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and various other potential diagnoses. With a clinical team sharing decades of experience, our team of professionals understand the complexities of neurodevelopmental conditions and their impact on individuals' lives.

Assessments are completed in steps, and include a full clinical and psychosocial assessment; discussion about behaviour and symptoms, a full developmental history, observation of behaviours, and clinical interviews.  A robust and thorough assessment takes time.  Good practice guidelines from the Royal College of Psychiatrists suggest that for ADHD, assessment and diagnosis will require two or three 1-hr sessions, and that it is important that the process is not rushed; by definition, clients are likely to have experienced difficulties and challenges for a number of years.

In terms of ASD assessments, these are undertaken in accordance with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines, by a multidisciplinary team, which includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, clinical psychotherapists, and speach and language therapists, all with training and experience in working with autistic children, young people and adults.  Again, these are completed in steps; include a full clinical and psychosocial assessment; discussion about behaviour and symptoms, a full developmental history, and culminate with a full and thorough clinical interview, along with an observational assessment with the client (ADI-R and ADOS-2 respectively), which can take a number of hours to complete.

Our ADHD assessments are also undertaken in accordance with the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines, by appropriately qualified healthcare professionals, with training and expertise in the diagnosis of ADHD.

PTSD Assessment, diagnosis and management

We operate with a steadfast dedication to excellence in every aspect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assessment, diagnosis and successful management.

Our professional ethos is underpinned by a profound understanding of the complexities surrounding trauma and its enduring effects on mental health. This understanding is not merely theoretical; it is deeply rooted in our team's extensive real-world experience working with diverse populations.

Our approach to providing a successful and manageable solution to PTSD is meticulous, informed by years of honing our diagnostic skills and staying attuned to the latest developments in psychological assessment tools and methodologies. We recognize the importance of thorough assessment in uncovering the nuances of each individual's experience, ensuring that no aspect of their trauma is overlooked or underestimated.


Our services include:

  • Psychotherapy for children, teenagers and adults
  • ASD assessments for clients, from 18 months old to adulthood
  • ADHD assessments 
  • Post-diagnosis psychotherapy and support sessions
  • Educational Psychologist Assessments
  • Cognitive Functioning Assessments (child and adult)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specialists
  • Gaslighting Trauma Recovery specialists
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (long term)
  • Whole-family Support (including therapeutic parenting)
  • Medico-Legal Assessments
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) for Businesses
  • Forensic Risk Assessments
  • Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD

Locations

Our services are available across the entire United Kingdom, ensuring comprehensive coverage and accessibility for all clients. We pride ourselves on the high standard of care provided by our team of fully accredited professionals. This team includes clinical practitioners, psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors, each of whom has undergone rigorous training and certification processes.

Our practitioners are registered with and often hold chartership status from esteemed professional and regulatory bodies. These affiliations guarantee that our professionals adhere to strict ethical guidelines and are committed to continuous professional development, ensuring they stay updated with the latest advancements and best practices in their respective fields.

Our Psychologists are members of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and/or hold full chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  Our psychotherapists and counsellors are all registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), National Council of Intergrative Psychotherapists (NCIP), National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) or Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Whether you are seeking support for mental health issues, personal development, or emotional well-being, our qualified team is equipped to offer personalized and effective therapeutic interventions. We cater to a diverse range of needs and utilize evidence-based approaches to ensure the highest quality of care. Our commitment to professionalism and excellence in service delivery ensures that clients receive the support they need to achieve their personal goals and improve their overall quality of life.

ADHD and Autism Assessments

Our clinical team provides a full range of ADHD and full Autism (ASD) assessments for children, teenagers and adults.

We also offer combined ADHD/ASD assessments.

We have the professional ability to work with very young children, and can provide assessments using recognised protocols from 18 months old.


More about our services

Individuals

Virtual or in-person intensive 1:1 sessions. We take a holistic and clinically driven approach, designed to help clients develop self-awareness and connect their emotions with their physical symptoms.

Our approach helps create an internal toolkit for life, so our clients know how to keep themselves happy, safe and secure, and achieve their full potential.

Groups

Our clinical team creates practical and creative ways of sharing knowledge, helping group participants to develop an understanding of trauma, dissociation and grounding techniques.

We help create a toolkit for building social, emotional and mental health well-being.

Family

Our programmes bring together varied elements of proven therapeutic approaches, including therapeutic parenting and whole-family support, along with clinical hypnosis and mindfulness practice.

Our bespoke approach to creating programmes is ideal for family groups needing support to recover and move on from trauma, as it works well for any age or presenting challenges.




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