Your first appointment

Where will my appointment be?

We are based in Grimsby, Fresheney Green Primary Care Centre.

Go to contact us page to find more about where we're based and see a photo of the building.

How long will my appointments be?

First appointments with Young Minds Matter are usually around 90 minutes.

Any other appointments will depend on the person you see, and the type of support you need.

What sort of things will you ask me at my first appointment?

Remember, this first appointment is a chance to meet a Young Minds Matter practitioner and for you to ask us questions about what we do and how we can help.

Some of the things we ask you might include:

  • Who you live with, and how things are in your family
  • What life was like when you were younger
  • What School or College is like for you
  • How you would describe some of your difficulties, and when you believe they started
  • What you would like to change by coming to Young Minds Matter
  • What activities or interests you have and enjoy
  • Who are the supportive people in your life

We understand that speaking about your thoughts and feelings can feel really scary at first – we will try and help you as much as we can.

It is also important to let you know you will never be forced to share everything with us that you don’t want to.

In your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some forms or questionnaires.  These can help you and the Young Minds Matter practitioner make sense of what is going on, and the best way to support you.  When you start to feel better, we can look back at them to see how you are improving and the excellent progress you are making.

Will my family/carer come to my appointment?

If you’re under 16, it’s often really helpful for your family or carers to be involved in the process as they sometimes know you the best and can support your outside of appointments.

However, we also understand that there are some things you may not feel comfortable sharing with them, so we will always give you the opportunity to be seen alone.

If you’re 16+, you can talk to our staff about who you would like to come to the appointments with you.

Will you share details of what I say with my family/carers?

We will not automatically share everything with your parents/carer if this is something you do not want.

The only exception to this would be if we were really concerned about your safety, or the safety of another person.

In this instance, we would have to tell other people in order to keep you safe!

Will I see the same person each time?

After your assessment appointment, our team gets together and thinks about who is their best clinician to support you.

It is important you are matched with the right person,  with the right training and qualities to help you.

All appointments after your initial assessment would usually be with the same worker, as we recognise it is really important you build a relationship.

This will only change if your care plan changes and we would always discuss this with you.

Who else will know I am seeing Young Minds Matter?

When we first meet with you, we will go through something called “confidentiality form” together.

This is where you tell us if there are any other professionals in your life (e.g. school, support worker) you think it would be helpful for us to speak to.

We would always ask you first, and would not do this without your permission. The only time we would do so without this was if we were worried about your safety, or the safety of another person.

A lot of people worry that their friends will find out they are seeing someone from Young Minds Matter.

Your friends won’t know unless you want them to!

How often will you need to see me?

The frequency of your appointments varies on the type of problem you are having and will depend on what you agree with your Young Minds Matter practitioner.

Often appointments may be fortnightly or weekly, but as things start to improve the frequency of your appointments will become less and less until you no longer feel the need to come to Young Minda Matter.

If at any time you feel that you need to see us more often, we would talk and agree this together.

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