Our vision is to offer appropriate psychological support at an early stage to every family with a child or adolescent who is experiencing challenging mental health issues.


Our services cover Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire with financial assistance for low-income families.

What is the family counselling trust?

Family Counselling Trust is a registered mental health charity providing key early intervention counselling support to children, young people (up to age 18) and their families. 

It was founded in Dorset in 2005 to respond to the growing challenges facing families and young people – emotional, behavioural or other mental health problems – where they were unable to access timely and adequate support. 

FCT raises funds to enable parents on stretched incomes to access help for their children, with the charity subsidising the cost of the therapy. FCT offers children and young people an opportunity to secure early support from a qualified psychological therapist, in what is an holistic service involving the families.

“Family Liaison Officer was amazing – her messages, great empathy and comfort – she has been a real backbone to the initial process”.

–  October 2020

What makes this a 10 (excellent) – having someone to listen to my fears and worries and anxieties without judgement has been really helpful.”

-December 2020

“I couldn’t have been more impressed with the way things were progressed right from my initial contact with FCT up until now.  The weekly support received by x has been incredible and we have been able to mirror at home some of the themes and strategies she discusses with her therapist.  Really cannot fault a thing.  Absolutely incredible and so very grateful to have this lifeline of support.”

-January 2021

“Our situation is very difficult and I feel FCT did all they could for my daughter and us as a family”.

– January 2021

Find out how you can support us here at FCT

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