A referral letter from a GP or psychiatrist is not a must; however, it is highly preferable. Most people find it very helpful to see a GP about their mental health difficulties so that any potential physical or medical causes for their mental health difficulties can be assessed properly and treated if necessary. GP’s and psychiatrists will also be able to make appropriate decisions regarding medication, should this be required. A GP/psychiatrist will be able to provide a referral to a psychologist of your choosing, or will recommend an appropriate service if you are unsure. If you do not have a GP or do not wish to see a GP prior to attending Marsden Clinical Psychology, please mention this in your initial phone call to our service and we will discuss your options with you.
Social & Emotional Skills for Kids
Assessment of social/emotional skills in kids Most people have heard of autism, or even may know someone who has been diagnosed as "on the spectrum", and you may even know that someone on the autism spectrum is likely to have deficits in relating to others socially and emotionally. Knowing the exact nature of autism and it's symptoms is more complex however, and it takes specialised training to determine whether an individual meets diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (the official DSM 5 diagnostic term). What's more is, the diagnosis of autism can be complicated by other factors, such as comorbid disorders like ADHD and anxiety, or attachment related developmental problems.