Yorkshire Children's Trust

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6AS
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This professional is available for new clients.

About us

Hi my name is Sarah. Im a Child Psychologist  from Yorkshire Childrens Trust, I work with children and young people. My focus when working with children and young people is to find a way to work with them to help with all of their areas of difficulty, from emotional to school and the variety of difficulties they can experience. I find that children and young people feel most comfortable when they have routine, so the children will always have the same time and day each week, this helps build rapport.

I specialise in inclusive therapies which means I can use a variety of techniques which will best support each child individually. From behaviour, emotion, learning, social difficulties, crisis, sensory and much more. I work with the child and family to best support everyone. I try to focus on CBT and mix in play and solution focused therapy.

It can be frightening seeing a child or young person struggling which is why I like to build a good relationship with parents or carers. This way we can all work together to support the young person. I can be there to offer advice and support for everyone involved.

I am registered with the Bristish Psychological Society and throughout the sessions, I will be empathetic, non-judgemental, and I will listen to you to understand your needs and offer a person-centred Integrative approach over several sessions.

The initial assessment will be face to face and allow you to meet with me and give both myself and you an idea of what the best support options will be, and I can give you 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.

Although there is a cost to these sessions, they can be paid either in a block of six or a block of three if that would be an easier option. The cost ranges from £15 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 our Psychologist - Sarah Thompson

I am a childrens Psychologist, experienced and passionate about working creatively with children from the age of seven. 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.

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
  • MA Psychology 

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Areas of counselling we deal with

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Trauma Recall

School Sessions

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£15.00 - £45.00
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Additional information

October offer Book x 6 sessions at £15 a session in a block for £90 - this offer is limited for parents/carers and must be booked in a block of six.

Group Work in Schools can be offered and individual school sessions- Please contact to discuss.

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7.00am - 2.30pm

Wednesday- School Sessions - Please contact to discuss availability for school sessions

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 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 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, Horley Green Works, Horley Green Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6AS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)

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