Consultations and Support Chats
Skype or FaceTime consultations:
1 hour 40 mins: £85
2 hours: £95
- Consultations for babies and children from 5 months;
- 1 hour 40 min consultation is the standard length for 1 child;
- 2 hour consultation is ideal if you'd like longer to ask questions and discuss the assessment and suggested approaches in more detail for 1 child.
- 2 children with sleep difficulties: 2 hour consultation is required along with follow up support chats (priced at £50 hour)
Aims of the consultation:
- Time to talk about through your concerns and for investigation;
- Gain clarity and understanding of the possible underlying influences on sleep disturbances and behaviors;
- Time for in-depth discussion of the assessment that will support understanding of the appropriate way forward (2 hour consultation provides more time for this)
- Consultations are also ideal for toddler/preschooler behavioural difficulties.
- After the 1st consultation, follow up support is offered in shorter chats which are priced at £50 an hour.
- The consultation fee includes an email review of the consultation including an overview of the main points of assessment, information and implementation of the appropriate foundations and approaches, as well as links, articles and handouts as appropriate to support your process.
I send an overview of the consultation by email, however my support does not include detailed / full sleep plans or email support . This is because I don't work with behavioural approaches which rely on universal timings and approaches; my approach is child led - that is, it is progressive and based on your baby/child's unique needs and progression. Therefore, if further support is required after the first consultation, a series of support chats is more powerful in supporting the resolution of tricky sleep issues and problematic behaviors, and sometimes referrals to other professionals and therapists may be required:
Referrals to other therapists:
My approach to sleep is not based on behavioural sleep training, it is a holistic approach drawing on my training and research in prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. Therefore, if there is a need I will suggest a referral to other therapists to ensure all underlying factors influencing sleep are addressed. Think of this process as similar to a GP doctor in that they will refer out to specialists to ensure the best possible treatment and care for their patients.
I will only talk with parents by phone under valid and exceptional circumstances;
Face to face skype/FaceTime consultations & chats are much more effective because visual connection aids overall communication and understanding of approaches, theories and concepts - remember, this approach is not sleep "training" so not based specially on timings, schedules, behavioural techniques - we dig deep!
Restrictions on support: USA/Canada/UAE:
I am unable to provide support to families in USA and North America/Canada due to limitations and restriction on my professional indemnity insurance.
I am also unable to provide support for families in countries where the use of Skype and FaceTime are illegal, at the moment this includes all Middle East countries such as UAE and Qatar, as well as China.
Skype or FaceTime - Follow up support calls:
£50 = 1 hour support
Follow up support chats are offered after the initial consultation depending on need and the specific situation; while some sleep / behavior situations resolve after one consultation, some families may need more support - I don't guarantee "quick fixes" because I really don't know what is underlying any sleep or behavioral difficulty, and will not make assumptions about how quickly they will resolve.
(Read about why I won't make assumptions about children's sleep!).
Follow up Support chats range from 15 minutes, to 30, 45, 60 mins, sometimes longer, depending on requirement, and are priced at £50 an hour and include a review email of the chat.
(the support call fee is being reviewed in consideration of time taken on review emails)
Support chats are also available for previous client families to discuss transitions, or to troubleshoot, however, if a further sleep disturbance has manifested over time, I will suggest an in-depth consultation to provide time for investigation and reassessment.
Terms and conditions and Disclaimer:
Terms and conditions apply;
I do not make home visits, all support is provided via Skype or FaceTime;
I am not medically trained, and I am not a lactation consultant or Breastfeeding counsellor.
Parents must ensure their child is healthy and well before embarking on sleep work.
I do not advise; it is parents choice to undertake or follow through any suggestions I may make in relation to their child's sleep.
The child's health remains the parent's responsibility throughout sleep work.
It is the parents responsibility to seek medical advice if their child becomes unwell during the course of sleep work.
Chloe, Erik and baby Mae's sleep story
Chloe, Erik and baby Mae's sleep story
We came to Ann in a rather desperate state of sleep deprivation. Our then 6 month old was waking on average 10 times a night and napping poorly. Although we were well aware of the huge developmental leaps babies go through at that time we felt hopeless. we were recommended Ann by a friend. It came at just the right time.
Ann is incredibly kind, knowledgeable and reassuring. By asking the right questions she tapped into the heart of the issue on our first session and put a comprehensive personalized plan in place for us to follow. We wanted a gradual approach that took account of her emotional-wellbeing along the journey, and this was just that.
The plan encouraged us to support her emotionally throughout the day by listening to her and responding sensitively. It helped us gradually move from feeding to sleep to helping her settle with us and then slowly without us. It also worked with her biological readiness to sleep and circadian rhythm. This meant the plan changed with her development and ensured her naps and bedtime were always right for her.
I can now say, she sleeps so peacefully at night, straight through. Has for months. It feels like a miracle and we feel so empowered by the process. She is such a happy content little being and we place so much of that on Ann's advice and support. We feel secure in the knowledge that her emotional well-being is at the heart of this process.
We cannot thank Ann enough or recommend her enough. This is a kind and caring way to ensure you and your little one sleep well.
Thank you for everything Ann!
Chloe, Erik and baby Mae (now 1 year)
East Lothian, Scotland. (February 2020)
Working with Ann
Due to high demand and success of skype /FaceTime chat and consultation support :-
4 week support plans are no longer offered because I have found families gain good success outcomes with the support chat/consultation approach. This approach is more flexible in terms of "pacing" the work to meet the child's and family needs and teasing out potential "layers" of barriers to sleep. Due to high demand, I sometimes need to close the contact form to regulate incoming work; thank you for your patience.
The play elements (of sleep work) really helped us a lot, were fun for all and we could all be a part of; and certainly a big benefit was understanding why she was crying and working with her emotional wellbeing to help her to a better place within herself.
Parents of 14 month old toddler.
Your support was absolutely amazing . It always felt like I was being hugged. I cried after the first time I spoke to you. Most times in todays world people get shot down for asking for help and feel judged. People think that you must be doing something wrong because your child doesn’t sleep. After speaking to you I knew you were on my side and not going to tell me all the things that I had done wrong. You have genuine compassion for the situation and people. I can never thank you enough.