Specialist Services for Adoptive and Foster Families

Supporting your child’s emotional wellbeing. Developing healthy family relationships.

Connected Futures Psychology works with foster and adoptive families in their most difficult times. I can help you find ways of moving forward as a family with understanding, compassion, whilst building healthier and happier relationships.

I specialise in working with adoptive families, special guardianship families, foster families, and children looked after by the local authority.

I provide a safe and compassionate space for your family, where together we can begin to understand what your child is experiencing and find therapeutic ways to support your well-being, as well as theirs.

Let’s discuss how I would begin working with your family, and how my specialist therapy service works.

What your family may be experiencing.

I specialise in working with children who have experienced substantial distress, trauma and loss in their lives.

Your child may be struggling to cope with their emotions following the trauma of these experiences. This can put a significant strain on your relationship with your child and your wider family.

Your family and child may be experiencing some of the following difficulties:

- Relationship Difficulties
- Mental Health Issues
- Emotional Well-Being Issues
- Behavioural Difficulties
- Anger and Fear

These are challenging and distressing issues, for you and your child. I can provide insight, parenting strategies and therapy to build your child's resilience and create a healthier, happier family.

What can you expect from working with me?

Therapy can take many different forms, and finding a therapist that is right for your family is important.

Coming to a therapist for support for your family can be a difficult decision. Feelings of stress and anxiety when supporting a child or young person with mental health struggles are normal.

With 18 years of working with mental health and emotional well-being, I am experienced in providing a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment for families. In doing this, I hope you will feel more relaxed and comfortable so that your family can really benefit from our work together.

I am an accredited DDP therapist, which means I work with parents and children together to build trust, communication and connection.

Working together, we can support your child to heal emotionally from past trauma and develop the resilience to thrive.
To do this, I use these two strategies:

- Firstly, I work with parents. Together we work to gain a shared understanding of your family’s needs and begin to discuss strategies to support you and your child.

- I then deliver personalised therapy for your family. Working alongside you and your child, to improve your child’s emotional and mental well-being, and to build happier and healthier family relationships.

Most importantly, compassion and empathy are at the heart of my practice.

My goal is to develop trust with all the families I work with, so we can build a happier and more connected relationship between you and your child. The key to all my work is that it is tailored for each individual child and family's needs.

For more in-depth information about DDP therapy you can visit:https://ddpnetwork.org/parents-carers/ddp-right-for-your-family/

My practice based on Theraplay® principles and informed by foundation training in NVR and the BUSS Sensorimotor Model

Dr. Wassall is accredited by the HCPC and DDP


Applying to work with Connected Futures Psychology

If you feel you would like to work together, all adoptive, foster, and special guardianship families can apply via their social worker. As an individual provider, our work must be commissioned by the Local Authority or by an Adoption Support Agency. This work could be funded by the Adoption Support Fund.

I also offer consultations for families and/or the professionals that support them. This includes Therapeutic parenting programmes which can be delivered in groups or one to one. To find out more about these services click here.

Holding hands after foster family support therapy