Young People Services
We really do understand that in this current climate young people face many challenges. We understand that because of competing demands, including education and employment, a young person may need flexibility. Ideally, we work with young person on a weekly basis, but if this is not possible, fortnightly sessions are sometimes an option, depending on the needs of the client.
We may liaise with parents both during the assessment stage with the young person, and later by telephone as it suits the family needs. Before any service begins we will explain in detail to both parties our confidentiality policy, and the possible situations in which we may need to break confidentiality.
We are very passionate about allowing a young person to be heard and to develop confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and a sense of self-worth. In the feedback we have received, our clients have shared that their experience with us has led to them to feel mentally strong, and to develop strong personal boundaries in all relationships. They learned to become assertive, and have felt empowered to converse with people in a positive way, and to develop good mental health for a brighter future.Please click her to self refer
Counselling is the most common form of talking therapy, which can help young people deal with issues in their lives and the impacts of these issues on their mental wellbeing. Counselling may be recommended for young people who are otherwise healthy, but who are struggling to deal with mental health issues such as depression. It can also address problems with anxiety, bereavement, bullying, anger, problematic relationships, low self-esteem, and incidents of self-harm.
Counselling can also help young people understand why someone may to turn drugs or alcohol to alleviate emotional pain, and thus break the cycle of addiction. In our counselling service, we aim to help young people explore problems like these, and develop coping strategies that work for them.
Our mentoring services shift away from traditional counselling in that we may signpost, give advice, and engage with other professionals on behalf of our clients. In some cases, we may attend meetings with the young person if additional supports are needed.We may use the sessions to discuss what a young person might say to people in different roles. If they have committed a crime, they may need guidance in how to communicate with a probation officer. A young person might need to discuss housing options with the local council. Mentoring also may take the form of helping a young person explore career options, sexuality, and other identity issues.
We aim to empower young people to make healthy and positive decisions in their lives and to learn how to generate self-esteem, confidence and resilience within themselves. As such, we emphasise the confidentiality of the client, as part of maintaining a safe and non-judgemental environment.
CSMP (Children of Substance-Misusing Parents)
Children of all ages suffer when a parent has a problem with drugs or alcohol. Although a parent might be present in a physical sense, it may seem to the child that their parent is not available emotionally. This can create feelings like confusion, worry, anger, shame or self-blame. The impact of parental substance misuse on the lives of their children can be devastating, leading to long-term issues that can severely harm children, their development, and their prospects for a happy, healthy future.
A parent’s problem with drugs or alcohol can be a complicated issue, leading to money problems, family arguments, domestic violence, and a breakdown of communication. Family life can become chaotic and unpredictable. For many children, there is the potential for serious welfare risks.
The aim of our family work is primarily conflict resolution. Tensions between parents and children can negatively impact the health and happiness of the entire family, and can feel insurmountable. By using a solution-focused approach, we aim to improve relationships within the family by confronting issues rather than avoiding them.
Family work allows both parents and children the opportunity to be heard in a safe and controlled environment – a chance to listen respectfully and patiently to each other. This can be extremely beneficial to family dynamics.
These tensions can stem from many different issues. Perhaps a parent is worried about a child who appears to be using drugs, or a child who is in an unhealthy relationship. A young person experiencing issues concerning their sexual identity might find it difficult to negotiate parents’ expectations or emerging conflicts within the family.