Counselling & Play Therapies

Supporting children and their siblings with positive mental health.

Counselling & Play Therapies

Being a parent is a hard job, it is a job that a person takes on freely and can give a life-time of joy and happiness. However, dealing with a child that has been diagnosed with a long term illness or a disability can put a huge strain on the family, both emotionally and financially. 

Dealing with the emotional stress can leave parents and the children themselves with nowhere to turn for support which can lead to depression and further illness.

​We are here to provide emotional support with an NCS registered counsellor who will listen to you to understand your needs and offer a person-centred approach over several sessions. 

The free initial assessment will be over the telephone and will typically last around 15 minutes and will give the counsellor an idea of what the best support options will be, and the expected number of sessions that will be required.

Yorkshire Children’s Trust can offer support on a one to one basis in our counselling suite at our offices in Halifax town centre. We can also adapt and tailor sessions to include Skype, telephone calls and support within the school environment. 

Are you wanting more information?
Give Sarah a call on 01422 728080

or if you are ready to book your free inital assessment,
click the pink book button below.

We have a proven track record of supporting children and families from a range of backgrounds and can offer support with:

  • Physical or Mental Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Dealing with Mental Health
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Dealing with an illness or disability
  • Child Relationship Issues
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Depression and Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • General Stress at School or Home
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Use or Dependence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Issues including Parent Loss
  • Understanding Sexuality and Gender
  • Loneliness / Relationship and Friendship
  • Low self confidence / Self Esteem
  • Obsessive or Compulsive Behaviour
  • Self Harming
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Being a Young Carer 

This is by no means an exhaustive list and we are happy to discuss if our counselling or play therapy sessions would be suitable for your family. 

  Frequently Asked Questions


So what is person-centred counselling?

Basically it means that the counsellor will listen and be sympathetic to your problems and will help lead you to understand how to find your own strengths and personal identity and lead you to making your way successfully through your journey. There are no right or wrong answers and you will be asked to complete an anonymous form in each session to monitor your depression and anxiety levels.

Is it confidential?

Confidential is key, we would like you to feel relaxed and safe during your sessions. We understand how difficult it can be to decide to undertake personal counselling sessions and the need to build a trustworthy relationship with your counsellor. The sessions are completely confidential. We will not share any information you have divulged unless we feel there is a risk of personal harm or risk to a third party or details are provided of a crime or an act of terrorism. We completely follow the guidelines set by the BACP and NCS.

I cannot make a session.

We recommend that you follow the advice of your counsellor on the number and regularity of the sessions. However, we understand that there are times when you will not be able to make a session, or cases where the counsellor may not be available. In these cases we ask that sessions are rearranged promptly to make sure you do not lose your entitlement. We cannot refund prepaid sessions, but can rearrange them.

Is there a waiting list? 

Although there is currently no waiting list, there may be times when our availability is over taken by demand and in these cases we will set up a waiting list where clients will be offered counselling on a first come, first served basis.

What are the costs involved?

The initial telephone based assessment is provided free of charge, and we offer low cost ongoing sessions for a set fee depending on if the therapy is over the telephone, in person or on a home visit. All costs will be discussed at your assessment.

Can I get sessions at a weekend or after school time?

We have limited sessions available after school hours, Monday to Friday and these sessions book up very quickly.
We do liaise with your child’s school and in most cases your child will be allowed out of class to attend counselling sessions.

My child has issues within school, can you do your visits withing the school environment?

Our sessions usually work best in our counselling suite, be we are able to reflect our approach to suit the needs of the child and in some cases we find that sessions in school can work effectively. We are happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to discuss the counselling in more detail, please call Sarah on 01422 728086, or if you are ready to book your initial assessment, please click the book button below and complete the initial assessment form.