Children and adolescents may experience a range of difficulties in growing up. Sometimes these are related to family relationship issues and sometimes to school or peer pressures. FCT offers a choice of potential counsellors as locally as possible to the family. All counsellors / therapists 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. We accept referrals for counselling as outlined below.
WHO WE CAN HELP
Individuals up to age of 18 with:
- Mild depression
- Mild anxiety and obsessional behaviour
- Early concerns about body image, eating and weight which are interfering with functioning
- Challenging behaviour and difficulty regulating emotions
- Being bullied, bullying others and peer group difficulties
- School refusal or non-attendance
- Problems arising from bereavement, family break up, loss or upheaval
- Family communication and relationship issues
- Mild self-harm
- Minor issues with substance misuse
- Emotional and behaviour problems arising from physical illness or disability
- Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Difficulties with gender and/or sexual identity
- Social Media pressures
WHO WE CAN’T HELP
- Severe depression
- Severe anxiety and obsessional behaviour
- Severe challenging behaviour, conduct disorder
- Risky, dangerous or suicidal behaviour
- Severe substance misuse
- Children who are Looked After
- Severe post traumatic disorder difficulties
- Severe learning disability
Children and young people who generally have more complex long-term disorders need a multi-agency team and a broader range of skills which FCT does not offer.
If how you are feeling comes under the category of people that we cannot help, please take a look below:
SAMARITANS: CALL 116123
SHOUT: TEXT 85258
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TEAM: 01305 214500
Speak to your GP
We offer a range of therapies
The most important thing about therapy is that the child likes the therapist, feels relaxed and comfortable and that the therapist ’gets’ them. Some children find it very difficult to talk to a stranger, especially about sensitive things so we work hard to get a good fit between the child and the therapist, the therapist’s skills and the area in which the child lives.
We offer several different sorts of therapy: some problems need a specific approach and some therapists use a more mix and match style according to the needs of the child and the family.
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Family Therapy - A unique offering
Looks at problems from the point of view of each member of the family and how each person affects everyone else. Family therapists are very skilled at enabling families to talk to each other about difficult things and this is helpful in finding strengths and solutions to relationship and communication problems.
Uses art and creative materials to help children express themselves and explore problems without always having to use words. This can be especially useful for children who find talking difficult or who don’t know what the problem is or what they are feeling.
This is specifically for children who have experienced psychological or physical trauma eg sexual abuse or an accident or injury. There are several forms of therapy including trauma focused CBT and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
Cognitive behaviour therapy helps children understand how their thoughts and beliefs affect their feelings and behaviour and how it’s possible to understand, challenge and learn to change these when they are unhelpful.