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Being a parent is a hard job, it is a job that a person takes on freely and can give a lifetime 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.

Luckily there are welfare benefits to help provide a stop-gap or long term financial support to the family, but 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.

Yorkshire Children's Trust is here to provide emotional support with a BACP registered counsellor who will listen to you to understand your needs and offer a person-centred approach over several sessions. The 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. This initial assessment will be offered free of charge.

Our low cost, regular sessions will either take place over the telephone or in-person at our charity office based in the Halifax area, or in some cases at your home. Although there is a cost to these sessions, they can be paid either in a block of six or individually if that would be an easier option. The cost ranges from £20 for Skype sessions and phone sessions, £30 for office based sessions at our counselling suite to £45 travelling to schools.

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 make 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.

Meet the Counsellor - Sarah Thompson

I am a qualified integrative counsellor, experienced and passionate about working creatively with adults and children from the age of four. I use elements of play and art therapy, drawing from my experience as a Social Worker and a counsellor. I aim to provide a safe, therapeutic environment in which you and your child can be themselves and speak freely. Beginning to recognise and work through difficult emotions, often for the first time, results in increased emotional balance and confidence.

My person-centred approach is non-directive, child-led and gentle in order to establish a therapeutic and nurturing relationship. You and your child set the pace, enabling trust and a sense of control. With my guidance, offering unconditional empathy, he/she is given the space and time to feel comfortable to share difficult emotions and work through them.

Let me help you/your child so they can feel more emotionally secure, more confident and better able to cope with change. Having a confidential space to play, draw and talk without worrying about family/friends' emotional response will help to restore more harmonious family life, leaving everyone less anxious and more in control.

I also understand that people around the child often feel isolated and lonely and under pressure too so I offer counselling and support to parents, teachers, support workers and nurses.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Level 3 Therapeutic Diploma Counselling
  • Level 4 Therapeutic Diploma Counselling
  • Diploma Child Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC and NCS

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Areas of counselling we deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Trauma Recall

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Additional information

£30 Office Based

£45 Outreach

Group Work - 60 Minutes class of 29/30 split into 4 groups - £100 per group = £400


Monday-Friday 8.00-5.30pm

Saturday on Request

Further information

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.

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 are able to rearrange pre-paid sessions.

Is there a waiting list? - Although there is currently no waiting list, there may be times when our availability is overtaken 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, 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.

I prefer to have my sessions in person, can you visit my house? - If you live within a 15-mile radius of our charity office, we may be able to offer sessions at home, however, these will be subject to approval and at a higher cost than sessions provided over the telephone.

Yorkshire Childrens Trust
70 Commercial Street
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Yorkshire Children's Trust

Yorkshire Children's Trust