Counselling & Play Therapies
Supporting children and their siblings with positive mental health.
Counselling & Play Therapies
Yorkshire Children’s Trust provide counselling and play therapy services from their base in Halifax town centre. Offering emotional support with an NCS registered counsellor who will listen to your child’s needs and offer a person-centred approach over several sessions to help improve the mental health of your child.
The charity is able to offer a free initial assessment which is usually held over the telephone to see if we will be best able to suit the requirements of your child, we then offer ongoing low cost sessions that are partially subsidised by the charity to be affordable solution without the need to be on lengthy waiting lists.
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 in exceptional cases, support within the school environment.
We initially suggest a period of six sessions that are broken down as follows:
Session 1: Is around 30 minutes and allows the child to build up a rapport with their counsellor and will include the child doing a spider diagram called ‘Getting to know me’ and ‘worries’. The child will be given their own box to decorate to keep their activities and worksheets in.
Older children will be encouraged to complete a sheet to gain an understanding of their anxiety and depression scores.
Finally a ‘contract’ will be gone through with the child with both the child’s and counsellors expectations over the sessions, getting to understand confidentiality and risk. This is done in play therapy/art form for younger children.
Session 2: The counsellor now starts to gain an understanding of thoughts and worries of the child and tailors their approach accordingly using techniques such as CBT, art and play therapies.
The child will complete a timeline in their favourite style (Roblox, Minecraft, and floral designs are popular) to ascertain their worries, anxieties, health concerns, grief etc. This will allow the counsellor to offer coping mechanisms to deal with their worries and anxieties. The child may be given a journal to help write down their thoughts and worries in-between sessions.
Sessions 3-5: The counsellor will continue to work focussing on the individual child’s needs and requirements, in a person-centred way and may incorporate CBT, play therapy, solution focussing, journaling, or a mixture best suited to the child.
Session 6: With the child’s agreement, the counsellor will invite the parent into the session to discuss how the sessions have progressed, showing any work completed. If the child wishes to keep things private we can share a report without breaking their confidentiality.
At this stage the counsellor will discuss if the child is recommended to undertake any further sessions, or if a break in sessions may be appropriate. If a child requires no further sessions, we are able to offer free follow up email and video call sessions at no extra charge – we never ignore a child who requests our help.
Once a child has finished all their sessions, they are able to take their box of work home, which allows them to refer back to them at a later time.
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
- Dealing with Covid & Lockdown Anxieties
- Anger Management
- Eating Disorders
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Dealing with Mental Health
- Behaviour Problems
- 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
- 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.
Unless we feel there is an urgent need for more sessions, we would normally see your child once a week at our base in Halifax town centre. Parents are not usually in sessions and may either pop into town for a coffee or wait in our reception area for the session to complete.
Our counsellor is NCS registered and is fully DBS checked, we are happy to share details with you on arrival if you need further reassurance.
If you would like to discuss if counselling and play therapy would be suitable for your child, you can call Sarah Thompson on 01422 728086, her normal working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If the call goes to voicemail, please leave her a message as she will be in a counselling session with another child.
If you are ready to start your child’s counselling journey, you will need to complete the online Initial Assessment form which is linked to on this page. Just hit the pink Initial Assessment button below.
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.
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.