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Navigating EHCP Delays: A Journey Towards Certainty

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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The educational journey of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is marked by significant milestones, but what happens when those crucial moments are delayed, causing uncertainty and stress? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the challenges posed by EHCP (Education, Health, and Care Plan) delays, the toll it takes on parents and guardians, and explore a solution that stems from my personal experience as a therapist who walked the same path.

Problem Statement: The Weight of Uncertainty

EHCP delays are not merely calendar adjustments; they’re emotional triggers that impact families deeply. The uncertainty that looms when timelines are pushed, and decisions are deferred, takes a toll on parents’ mental well-being. Parents find themselves grappling with unanswered questions, concerns about their child’s immediate and long-term education, and the emotional strain of navigating uncharted territories.

Impact of the Problem: Unseen Burdens

EHCP delays extend beyond the practical implications; they cast shadows on parents’ mental health. The constant uncertainty triggers stress, anxiety, and frustration. As a therapist who’s personally navigated the EHCP process, I understand the heavy toll these delays take on parents. The sleepless nights, the endless pondering, and the desire for clarity can leave parents emotionally drained, affecting their overall quality of life.

Practical Tip: Grounding Exercise for Moments of Overwhelm

Purpose: This grounding exercise is designed to help parents reconnect with the present moment, especially during times of heightened stress or anxiety related to EHCP delays or uncertainties.


  1. Find a Quiet Space: If possible, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes. This could be a quiet corner of a room, a park, or even your car.
  2. 5-4-3-2-1 Technique:
    • 5: Identify five things you can see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, or anything that catches your eye.
    • 4: Identify four things you can touch around you. It might be the texture of your shirt, the cool surface of a table, or the softness of a pillow.
    • 3: Identify three things you can hear. This could be the sound of the wind, distant chatter, or the hum of an appliance.
    • 2: Identify two things you can smell. Maybe you can smell freshly cut grass or the aroma of a nearby coffee.
    • 1: Identify one thing you can taste. It could be the lingering taste of a drink or a snack.
  3. Deep Breathing: After the 5-4-3-2-1 exercise, close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a count of three, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
  4. Reflect: Open your eyes and take a moment to reflect on how you feel. The aim is to feel more connected to your surroundings and less caught up in overwhelming thoughts.

Note: This exercise can be done as often as needed. It’s a quick way to anchor yourself during moments of stress and can be especially helpful when feeling overwhelmed by the EHCP process.

Exploring the Potential of 1-to-1 CBH Therapy

One-to-one Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) offers a targeted approach that may help mitigate the impact of EHCP delays on parents’ mental health. Drawing from my personal journey, I can attest to the potential benefits of this therapy. CBH aims to provide parents with coping mechanisms, offering strategies to manage stress and anxiety related to EHCP uncertainties.

CBH focuses on understanding the underlying causes of emotional distress. By guiding parents through introspection and behavioural adjustments, it seeks to empower them to navigate the EHCP process with increased resilience and strength. Through this approach, many have found a way to regain a sense of control, shifting their mindset to concentrate on areas they can influence amidst the uncertainties.

Empathy Rooted in Experience

My journey as a therapist who’s walked the path of EHCP delays ensures that the support I offer is not only professional but also deeply empathetic. I understand the sleepless nights, the anxious thoughts, and the longing for clarity. When parents engage in 1-to-1 CBH sessions with me, they’re not just accessing therapy; they’re connecting with someone who’s been through the same trials and understands the emotional intricacies involved.

Conclusion: A Path Towards Clarity

EHCP delays are more than logistical challenges; they’re emotional burdens that impact parents’ mental well-being. Recognizing the toll that uncertainty takes on families, I offer a solution rooted in personal experience and professional expertise – 1-to-1 CBH therapy. This targeted approach equips parents with the tools to manage stress, anxiety, and frustration, guiding them toward a path of clarity and resilience. As a therapist who’s personally navigated the EHCP process, I’m committed to being the support system parents need during their journey. With CBH, the weight of uncertainty can be replaced with a renewed sense of strength and control.

Note from the Author on this Article ‘Chigg’

The insights and guidance presented in this article stem from a blend of personal encounters with the EHCP review process and a deep-rooted professional understanding of CBH therapy. The author, having personally navigated the intricate maze of the EHCP/SEND process from its initiation to its ongoing stages, brings a unique perspective to the table. This hands-on experience is further enriched by a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy from the esteemed UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and a certification in understanding Autism.

Before venturing into the realm of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, the author carved a successful career spanning over two decades in Investment Banking, with significant roles in global hubs like the City of London, Singapore, Frankfurt, and Zurich. This background, although seemingly distinct, instilled a passion for relaxation, self-hypnosis, and the art of simplifying complex problems.

Today, channeling this passion and expertise, the author has established the Bohangar City Practice. This venture is a testament to their commitment to assisting others through Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, drawing from both their professional training and personal journey with SEND. This article, thus, stands as a credible and empathetic guide for parents embarking on or navigating the EHCP review process.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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[…] Navigating the EHCP process can be daunting, and finding ways to enhance communication can be invaluable. One option to consider is 1-to-1 CBH therapy. Drawing from my personal journey both as a therapist and a parent who has experienced the EHCP process, I can empathize with the unique challenges you might face. CBH therapy offers a tailored approach that might help address communication barriers. […]


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