Counselling Services for Children, Young People and Families

The vision of the Family Counselling Trust (FCT) is to continue to grow its services so that appropriate counselling is made available at an early stage to every family with a child or adolescent who is experiencing challenging mental health issues

Our services cover BANES (Bath & North East Somerset), Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Family Counselling Trust (FCT) 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 early opportunity to be supported by a qualified psychological therapist, in what is an holistic service involving the families.

A choice of potential counsellors as locally as possible is offered to the families, each counsellor providing a professional profile of how they work to inform parents. All counsellors who see children referred to FCT are carefully vetted and have prior experience of working with children. They are all trained and registered with a professional body, insured, hold clear enhanced DBS certificates and work in accordance with local safeguarding procedures. To date we have helped to transform the lives of thousands of children and their families.

However, the need for this type of support remains high so FCT continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure timely counselling is available to those most in need.

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Wiltshire Family Counselling Trust Update

Wiltshire received 92 referrals during 2018/19, an increase of over 20% on the previous year. Nearly all these referrals were accepted for therapy, with offers of therapy going to these families. We are finding that referrals are becoming more...

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BANES – Bath and North East Somerset

We are pleased to announce that we have now opened up in BANES - Bath and North East Somerset. For information on referrals please go to our How to Make a Referral page For getting in touch with the BANES Family Liaison & Recruitment Officer please go to the Contact...

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From our families, clients and practitioners

“The sessions I have had with the practitioner through the Family Counselling Trust have been very helpful. The practitioner went above and beyond to get my two boys to open up. I feel these sessions have helped me understand and communicate with my children better. I have noticed that my youngest son is no longer lashing out and my oldest has learnt about de-escalating situations.”

Parent, October 2018

Client A (age 9) says “the FCT practitioner is kind and he helps us sort things out in a nice way.”

October 2018

Created by a child grateful for their counselling

“The Family Counselling Trust is invaluable as it provides a service where there is a gap in NHS provision. For children and families that need counselling, there is very limited provision on the NHS. It is fantastic to be able to offer them help from the FCT. The fact that low income families are subsidised is essential, as many cannot afford private counselling.”

GP Referrer, Dorset

“In amongst a very dysfunctional and chaotic family, including parental substance abuse and neglect, everything seemed stacked against this young man. But six sessions helped him achieve lift-off and use his resilience to get a university place on a course he will love.  A life changed.”

(FCT Practitioner)      March 2019

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