Welcome to ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions 

ABC (A Better Childhood) is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC).  The ABC Centre is located in Billingham, and we work closely with local schools, colleges, authorities and communities to make the most difference.

Together we ensure that every child and family we work alongside has an opportunity to experience happy, healthy and safe relationships. 


Pictured for Peoples Postcode Lottery Charity Trust is a visit to the ABC Family Centre in Middlesbrough. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging 07989 984643

ABC has four Directors with a breath of knowledge and experience in therapy, safeguarding, education and social care sectors.  Our team of qualified children and family therapists are experienced in working with a wide range of wellbeing, trauma and attachment issues.  All work is clinically overseen and supported to ensure it is safe, measurable and impactful.

“Together we can make the difference you want to make”


ABC’s school transition work is supported by Children InPudsey Picture Need

ABC’s school transition work is supported by trained peer mentors and volunteers who are using their own lived experiences to make a positive difference.  This includes removing the barriers that stop children from making a successful transition from primary to secondary school. These amazing children are truly inspirational, having turned their lives around to give back, and make a difference.

ABC Wellbeing & Psychological Services

  • Counselling for children, young people and adults (including school staff and  parents)

  • Pre and post adoption support for children, young people and families

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) for children, young people and adults

  • Play Therapy, Theraplay, Filial Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

  • Sonic Sounds Music Therapy to aid relaxation and support Mindfulness

  • Targeted Family Interventions including Systemic Family Therapy, Family Mediation and Family Group Conferencing

  • Therapeutic group work for children and young people (both school based and from our centre)

  • Nurturing Attachment groupwork sessions for adoptive parents and foster carers

  • School Transition Clubs for children in Years 6 and 7

  • Online Psychotherapy delivered by certified cyber therapists

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  ABC also provides

  • Clinical supervision for therapists

  • Supervision – Reflective Learning Time for school leaders and staff

  • Consultancy services to schools and organisations

  • A comprehensive menu of training workshops designed to fulfil the need for high quality and cost effective continuing professional development for those interested in enhancing and extending their skills and knowledge base

  • A range of bespoke and cost effective training to schools and organisations

  • Free Essentials packs to local families facing financial hardship (referrals received via local schools)  £ 26585.99 worth of free Essential Products provided to date.

ABC Family CentrePictured for Peoples Postcode Lottery Charity Trust is a visit to the ABC Family Centre in Middlesbrough. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging 07989 984643

The ABC Family Centre is a valued community resource comprising of a bright, spacious and welcoming activity room.  The centre also has therapy rooms for children, young people and adults to benefit from.

The ABC Family Centre is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm, offering flexible and responsive opening hours.  The centre has disabled access and toilet facilities, and offers free car parking.



Delivering Best Practice within an Ethical & Professional Framework

ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions is committed to maintaining and promoting best practice. All of our team work within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or their equivalent professional body e.g. Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). For more information about our services please contact us

ABC’s School, Health & Community Partners

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