Children and Young People
Sexual abuse can impact people in lots of different ways. Our Children and Young People’s Service offers free, specialist therapy for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse. Our therapists use creative therapies, such as art and drama therapy, to help children and young people explore their feelings and experiences in a way that feels right for them.
Children and young people choose how they would like to use their therapy sessions. Often this can involve activities such as drawing, painting, story-telling and play to better understand their emotions and the trauma they have experienced. Having a safe space to ask questions and express difficult feelings can be really helpful for managing the challenges they face and how to think about the future.
Our Family Support Practitioner liaises with families and professionals when a child or young person is referred to the service. They offer advice and emotional support to help parents and carers support their child during what can be a very difficult time.
The team are mainly based at our centre in St Paul’s, Bristol, and we also offer sessions at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre and The Greenway Centre, Southmead.
Our Children Counselling Service
The children’s counselling service has continued to run face to face sessions since June with COVID-19 safety measures in place. We were able to reduce the waiting list whilst it was closed and re-opened to referrals in October.
We have now increased our capacity and are able to see 51 children and young people per week over three sites. Sessions continue online or by phone for continuity when face to face is not possible, due to COVID isolation. Our team of therapists work hard to ensure we continue to offer a service to our clients during this difficult time.
My daughter is more relaxed and happy now. She understands that the things that happened to her were wrong.