Counselling / Therapy:

Questions and Answers

Individual Therapy:

What is counselling / therapy?

Talking to a counsellor on your own about your issues and difficulties – counsellors are trained in ‘really’ listening, they help unpick what is ‘really’ going on and assist you to explore your options for change. Therapy is a voluntary relationship between you and your counsellor, which means you have a choice in whether you feel you want it or need it.

 

What happens on my first visit?
You will meet and get to know your counsellor, who will carry out an assessment to make sense of your needs and discuss how your counsellor can help you.

 

How often are the sessions?
Your therapy sessions are usually every week and last one hour – which you and your counsellor arrange between you.

 

What happens in the sessions?
With your counsellor working alongside you, you will look at what’s going and explore the impact this is having on your mental health and emotional well-being.

 

How long will I be seeing the counsellor for?
Your counsellor will initially contract with you for 9 sessions. However, this can be extended dependant on your needs.

 

Will the counsellor tell anyone?
What you talk about will be kept safe (confidential) from other people. However, if you or someone else were at risk of being hurt, your counsellor will need to discuss this with YPAS’s safeguarding officer: you will be informed at all stages.

 

Will I have to wait for an appointment?
We do have a waiting period, which changes from time-to-time. However, you will be informed of the waiting time when you or someone on your behalf contacts us.

 

Who refers me to the counselling and psychotherapy service?

  • You can refer yourself by contacting us or someone else can do it for you (teacher, mentor, doctor, key worker, other professionals, parent, carer, partner or a friend).
  • You can also refer by completing the referral form and emailing it to referral@ypas.org.uk

Do you have male or female counsellors?

We have both male and female counsellors, and you can choose who you would like to speak to.

 

Are the counsellors qualified?
The counsellors are professionally qualified and working towards accreditation - we also have counselling trainees on the team who are in their final year of their counselling degree.

 

How will the counsellor help me with my problems?
You can share your problems and difficulties with your counsellor who will help you make sense of what's going on. They will also give you the time and space to express what it really feels like.

 

What if I'm not happy with it?
If you feel it's not working for you and would like to change your counsellor, we can arrange that for you. If you feel you're not being treated right, you can fill in a CCC (comment, compliment, complaint) form and place it in one of the suggestion boxes or complete and submit online (click). Your complaint will be received and followed up by a manager.

 

Who else can you help and support?

Families, parents, carers, partners, brothers and sisters, and partners.

Art & Play Therapy (for children):

What are creative therapies?

Creative therapies use different art materials to help children explore and express how they feel. Sometimes difficult feelings can be hard to put into words; and can be especially hard for children. Creative therapies offer an alternative form of communication which allows children to express how they feel at their own level and at their own pace. In this way, the therapy enables children to work through difficult feelings and experiences.

 

How can art and play therapy help my child?

Play is vital to a child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.

Art and play therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.

The outcomes often result in; a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.

 

What will happen in my child's therapy sessions?

Your child will have a selection of creative materials to choose from: art and craft materials, sand and water, clay, small figures and animals, musical instruments, puppets, books and dressing up props. The therapist will enable your child to use these resources to explore and express how they feel. The therapist and child work together by creating, talking and sharing to help understand what the child’s feelings mean to them.

 

Where the sessions take place?

Therapy can take place at your child’s primary school or at YPAS city centre premises in a play room specifically designed for children.

 

How often are the sessions?

Art and play therapy sessions take place once a week and usually last for 1 hour.

 

How long will the therapy last?

The therapist will initially contract for 9 sessions. However, this period can be extended dependent on your child’s needs.

Systemic Family Practice:

How can Systemic Family Practice (SFP) help? 

SFP supports the view that family relationships form a key part of the emotional health of each member within that family. This type of therapy can help people who care for each other find ways to cope together with any distress, misunderstanding and pain that is affecting their relationships and putting a strain on the family unit. 

 

Common problems that a systemic family practitioner will work with include stressful and traumatic life events such as: divorce and separation, illness or death of a loved one, and transitional stages of family development that can cause pain and upset. Work and school-related problems, psychosexual difficulties and parent-child conflict can also be explored through systemic family practice.

 

Systemic family practitioners may also work alongside health professionals to address specific conditions such as ADHD, eating disorders, addictions, depression, and any other conditions that may be having a damaging effect on family life. This makes SFP useful for times of crisis and long-standing problems that are taking their toll on the family.

 

Who can benefit from Systemic Family Practice? 

As well as addressing a range of problems and health conditions, SFP is sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures. It is also considerate of the needs and problems of each individual within a family unit and takes into account all other key relationships in people's lives. This makes it a useful approach for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

 

What does family therapy involve? 

SFP will typically take place in the form of sessions in which families and significant others will be brought together with a practitioner to discuss the issues that are affecting their relationships. These sessions will be adapted according to the therapy goals and the ages, needs, resources and preferences of the family.

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