Who can benefit from therapy?
Our range of therapies and counselling can support children and young people who are experiencing a range of issues or circumstances. These can include:
- previous experience of domestic violence
- self harm and suicidal thoughts
- delayed development
- experience of parental separation/family breakdown
- being taken into care (Looked After Children)
- experience of loss and/or bereavement
- abuse and/or neglect
- being affected by substance misuse within the family
- being affected by depression or other mental health issues within the family
- experience of trauma
- low self esteem
- behavioural issues
- difficulties in making and maintaining friendships
- phobias and anxiety
- attachment difficulties
How do we know the therapy is working?
At all stages of the support process individual needs and progress are constantly assessed to monitor effectiveness.
At ABC, we use well recognised clinical tools – Goodman’s Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and CORE YP – to assess individual need and to monitor progress. For primary aged children, the SDQ is completed by a child’s parent/carer and teacher before therapy commences, at the review stage and at the end of therapy.
All secondary aged young people complete a CORE YP form which is a self-assessment tool that measures emotional wellbeing. This tool will be used with the young person at intervals throughout therapy. Post intervention evaluation forms are also completed by children, parents and teachers to check whether play therapy has been effective.