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. Or helping a child with anxiety or that is dealing with issues around bulling can be a struggle.
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 NCS 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 or Zoom 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.
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
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.
National Counselling Society (NCS)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling we deal with
From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session
£30 Office Based
£45 Schools plus VAT
Group Work in Schools can be offered- Please contact to discuss.
Discounts for Additional children 10%
When we work
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7.30am - 5pm
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.