Our Therapy Service can provide a wide range of therapists located in the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset). The therapists have specialist skills and experience of working with adopted children and their families.

Therapeutic interventions are informed by an assessment, have clearly defined goals with regular reviews as agreed. Work is evaluated so that progress and effectiveness can be monitored.

The cost of therapy will be determined by the duration and frequency and type of intervention.

Many of the Therapeutic Services we can offer can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. Families for Children can, on your behalf, via the approving Local Authority for Government  apply for funding to cover the costs.

The Assessment of Need Process

The following process will be followed to assess for Therapeutic intervention.

Initial Assessment
An initial assessment of need completed by a therapeutic Social Worker and in consultation with a Clinical practitioner from the Multi-disciplinary team.

Bespoke multi-disciplinary assessment
This entails a more complex assessment with one of more of our multi-disciplinary team (comprising of a Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist and an Occupational Therapist). The assessment will likely involve the young person, their adoptive parents and a telephone conversation with the young person’s educational setting. However, this assessment will be tailored to the family’s needs based on the information received at the point of referral and information received in a pre-assessment screening pack.

The Therapeutic Plan

A Therapeutic Plan will be created following the assessment, which will be discussed with you in a feedback session. The Therapeutic Plan will be used to guide any recommended therapeutic intervention and would require a social worker’s application to the Adoption Support Fund. Our Educational Psychologist would be able to support the recommendations being understood within the educational settings.


We offer a range of therapies at the Atrium. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – This therapy initially works with parents to help understand their young person within the context of attachment theory and complex developmental trauma. DDP then moves onto inviting the young person into the room and supporting the parents and young person to reconnect using this enhanced understanding.
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) – This therapy is based with a parent or parents only. It involves taking short videos of the parent playing with their child (as they usually would). The clinician and parent then analyse the video together, pointing out the parental strengths, enabling them to build upon their existing skills. VIG can initially sound scary, but parents soon realise that the videos are analysed in a supportive manner and they often find this an incredibly helpful experience. 
  • TheraPlay – is modelled on the natural, playful patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Theraplay shows parents how to use play to communicate love and authority and to engage their children in interactions that develop competence, self-esteem and trust. It helps families to develop the responsiveness and structure vital to a child’s development, particularly those whose children have experienced early trauma.
  • Individual therapy – Individual therapy for the young person can involve approaches such as therapeutic life story work, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, art therapy and drama therapy. The type of therapy recommended will be informed by the Therapeutic Plan and the views of the young person.