Individual and Family Therapy
Our therapists work one-to-one with children and young people, with families together and with parents. As part of the initial consultation we will help you decide what type of therapy or support might be most helpful to your family. Here are the therapeutic services we offer:
Working with children
Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy
Our counsellors and psychotherapists will help children to explore confusing feelings and upsetting events that they may not have been able to fully understand.
Child psychotherapy often involves use of the creative arts. Children can use image, music, drama, and play to communicate what they feel, in their own time. A variety of creative resources are used to enable them to do this at their own pace and at their appropriate developmental level. Often this can be long term work (for about 1 year) to help children to manage relationships and conflicts in a healthy and confident manner.
Counselling may be shorter-term than psychotherapy but with children it is likely to involve creative activities alongside talking therapies and possibly CBT too, depending on the age, development and specific difficulties.
At the initial consultation we will help you to decide whether your child might benefit most from seeing one of our counsellors or psychotherapists.
Working with young people
Counselling can help young people to make sense of the feelings they have, which might seem quite generalised, such as anxiety and low mood or could be specific, such as self-harm, addiction or difficulties at school.
Young people benefit from having a non-judgmental space that is independent of family, schools and friends. In this space they can safely discuss their worries and explore relationships, feelings of confusion, and deep uncertainties or perceptions they may have.
Often young people can feel quite desperate when they start counselling (it isn’t uncommon for thoughts of suicide to be talked about) and they often feel relieved to have a safe, confidential space to voice feelings and fears.
Counsellors primarily use talking therapies but they may also integrate creative activities (such as using bodymaps to explore body issues) or CBT techniques to help understand cycles of behaviours, such as anger. Counselling might, for example, focus on identifying coping strategies and alternatives to self-harm, to help young people express themselves safely.
As a trusting relationship is established with a counsellor, a young person is better able to reflect upon and adjust their attitudes to themselves and others. Through the counselling process, they become more likely to recognise their own strengths and possibilities and start to feel different and perceive themselves more positively.
As well as working on immediate issues, psychotherapy can delve deeper by looking at life story, experiences and attachments which have shaped the young person's life.
By gaining an understanding of these, the young person can come to understand their personal relationships and be better placed to make changes for themselves going forward.
Working with families
Family and Parent Support
Family and parent therapy can help the whole family when they face stressful circumstances and relationship difficulties. The therapist will facilitate a safe space for each family members’ view and understanding of a particular problem to be heard.
This type of support helps each family member to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to better understand the different views and develop effective ways of communicating with one another.
We are able to offer families ad-hoc or a series of family sessions to support individual therapy work. For example, it may be that one member of the family is having therapy but from time to time it is helpful for the whole family or parents to come together with a counsellor experienced in working with family dynamics.
Working with children and young people on the autistic spectrum
Children and young people on the autistic spectrum require an insightful and sensitive therapeutic approach that is flexible enough to respond to frequently changing perceptions and needs.
Children and young people on the autistic spectrum require help with all the typical reasons for referral to therapy such as adverse circumstances and trauma. However, people on the autistic spectrum also frequently require help with understanding themselves and their condition. Support to deal with the tasks and demands of daily life is an important aspect of maintaining appropriate behaviours and managing anxiety and stress.
The neutral spaces our experienced therapists offer, away from the expectations and pressure of family or school, is ideally placed to provide this support. Read more about this work in our news/blog section.
Psychotherapy and the autistic spectrum
Working with adults
Counselling and Psychotherapy with Adults
Reaching out to a therapist is not always easy as often it takes courage to make that first call. It may also mean admitting there are issues that can not be worked through alone or with the help of family and friends.
However, making contact with a Bucks Family Network counsellor or psychotherapist assures our clients they will be working alongside a highly trained and experienced therapist who will be ready to listen.