Video Feedback Counselling
Do you sometimes struggle with your child’s difficult behaviour?
Is your child having problems with their learning or social behaviour at school?
Would you like to improve the way you interact with your child?
If so, then Video Feedback Counselling may help.
What is Video Feedback Counselling?
Video Feedback Counselling uses short video clips to help you learn from your own positive interactions with your child.
What happens during Video Feedback Counselling?
- At the start of the session your counsellor helps you to choose some goals.
- You are filmed while you interact with your child for 5-10 minutes, doing something you both enjoy. For example, playing a favourite game, reading together or building a sand castle.
- Your counsellor quickly edits the video and plays back some of your positive interactions.
- You are then guided to reflect on these positive interactions.
Your counsellor looks for successful moments, when you respond in an ‘attuned‘ way to your child’s actions.
Together, you reflect on what you do that works well, celebrate the successes and set new goals for further change.
These reflections quickly move from looking at behaviour to exploring feelings, thoughts, wishes and intentions.
Here’s a short video which explains in simple terms how the method works. (Note that this video was created by Kent County Council in the UK and they use the term “Video Interaction Guidance” or VIG.)
Who can benefit from Video Feedback Counselling?
If your child is between 3 and 18 years of age and has:
- emotional and behavioural difficulties
- attachment difficulties
- learning difficulties
- mild or high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD)
- attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
…then Video Feedback Counselling may be suitable for you.
How does Video Feedback Counselling help?
Video Feedback Counselling helps you improve your interactions with your child using a two-way coaching relationship, rather than a one-way teaching relationship.
This way you are able to recognise and change your own behaviour for the better, rather than have a counsellor simply tell you what to do.
Video Feedback Counselling also helps you to:
- Focus on your strengths and potential, rather than any problems or weaknesses
- Become more sensitive to your child’s needs
- Learn how to respond in a more attuned way
- Discover exactly what you do when things are going well
- Improve how you relate to your child in difficult situations
Is there any evidence for the effectiveness of Video Feedback Counselling?
Yes, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of this technique. Video Feedback Counselling is relatively new in Australia but it is widely used in the UK and Europe, where it is known as “Video Interaction Guidance” (or VIG).
For example, studies show that VIG helps to:
- Improve parents’ sensitivity
- Promote positive parent-child attachment
- Enhance positive parenting skills
- Reduce parents’ stress
- Increase parents’ self-confidence
- Reduce child behaviour difficulties
Please refer to the Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK for more information.
Which psychologist will I see?
Video Feedback Counselling is provided by Dr Christina Tuke Flanders. Christina is a highly experienced Child and Educational Psychologist from the UK. She has specific training and expertise in using video feedback methods in counselling.
How many sessions are required?
Video Feedback Counselling normally runs for 6 x 50 minute sessions but this can be varied based on your needs and goals. Your psychologist will discuss this with you in your initial consultation.
How to get started
The first step is to book an initial 30 minute consultation with Dr Christina Tuke Flanders who will review your child’s history and recommend a suitable counselling plan for your needs.
Counselling Fees and Rebates
The initial 30 minute consultation for parents is just $125.
The counselling fee is $200 per 50 minute session or $150 concession. (You must show your valid health care card at each session to be eligible for the concession rate.)
If you have a valid referral from your doctor you can instantly claim a Medicare rebate at each counselling session via our electronic claims system.
Your out-of-pocket expense will vary from $23.35 to $116.75 for a 50 minute session, depending on your eligibility for the Original or Extended Medicare Safety Net schemes.
Book for counselling
Talk to an experienced child psychologist today and get the right advice for your child’s needs.