Supporting schools, strengthening families, enabling change
We are a team of experienced, fully qualified, practical therapists with an impressive track record of helping the families of children with additional needs.
Our aims are to increase the wellbeing of family members and to help their children succeed in school. We usually work in schools and childcare settings, often in areas of high deprivation – and we deliver long lasting change by providing insights into the problems our families are dealing with and by giving them the confidence that they need to face up to their challenges.
In fact, the problems facing our families are no different in nature from the problems everyone else faces. Grief, hardship and emotional pain are common to all of us. It is in degree that differences can be recognised: degrees of intensity, complexity, and frequency.
Because of this greater intensity, the reflective space required to process complex emotional difficulties is rarely available to families living in areas of high deprivation or to other families whose children have additional needs. Recognising this, we create a safe, nurturing environment and offer opportunities to reflect, to sort out, to reduce reactivity and to clear space for rational choice. As a result, parents become a resource to their children – who then find space to learn. Behaviour improves, school attendance rises and children are happier. In enabling communities to develop among families who are often isolated, our work also opens parents as a resource to each other and their relationship with the school improves. Everyone benefits.
Our proven services take a holistic approach involving children, parents, school staff and our therapists. Together, we identify and break through cycles which may have been repeated from generation to generation.
Educational Psychotherapist, UKCP