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At Step 2 we have a team of fully qualified and experienced counsellors who are all members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

We can offer a service to young people in community settings, through funding provided by Children in Need, and schools who can buy in a counselling service.

Counselling sessions are available at Step 2 in the evenings between 3pm and 8pm to young people between the ages of 11 and 18yrs. It is a confidential service and we work within the guidelines of the BACP ethical framework. We take referrals from any agencies that are involved in working with young people, for example GP surgeries, youth and community workers, social workers and school nurses. Young people are also able to refer themselves into the service.

The service is client led and rooted in a Person Centred Approach. A private, confidential, therapeutic space with a designated counsellor is offered to young people who feel they would like some support in managing their experiences and their feelings. This may be to do with events in the past or current difficulties they are experiencing. Through developing a relationship with the counsellor, people are able to explore issues that are troubling them, make sense of their experiences and find ways to accommodate difficult feelings resulting in life feeling less stressful. Young people are offered six sessions initially but may continue if they feel they need to do so. We can also offer family therapy sessions, at the request of a young person accessing counselling,

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 Information for Parents

All parents usually try their best to of help their children and young people to grow and develop to their full potential but sometimes this can feel really challenging for parents especially when children hit their teenage years. Young people face a lot of challenges during their teenage years and sometimes, no matter how well they get on with their parents, they may find it hard to talk to them. Often having a problem or concern can affect a young person’s behaviour, school-work and relationships at home and this can be worrying for them and their parents.  Working with a counsellor, who is independent of all these, may be able to help.

  

 How can counsellors help? 

Counsellors are trained to relate well and to listen without judging. They can help young people sort out their thoughts and feelings about what is worrying them, to make some sense of their responses and their experiences, enabling them to manage themselves more positively.  What is discussed during the sessions is confidential, but the young person is told that the counsellor may discuss their problems with other people and agencies and get help from them if he or she thinks the young person is at risk or in danger.

 

What issues can counsellors help with?

There can be lots of issues affecting young people growing up which counselling can offer help with

  • Friendships
  • Bullying
  • Schoolwork and Exam Pressures
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Family Relationships
  • Family Separations and Changes
  • Gender and Sexuality Issues
  • Loss or Death of Someone Close
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Impact of Social Media
  • Effects of Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
  • Effects of Domestic Violence

Who are the counsellors?

Step2 has a team of counsellors who are carefully selected for their experience and counselling qualifications. They are all fully qualified and are members of a professional organisation, usually BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). As such they adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice. They are all required to provide references to show their suitability for the post and pass appropriate police checks. They will have obtained, or be aiming for, BACP accreditation or equivalent. All the counsellors at Step2 have significant experience of working with young people.

How can a parent or carer support the counselling?

  • If you think your young person might benefit from counselling, talk to them about it, show them this website and see what they think. Our experience tells us that counselling works best when young people feel it has been their choice and decision to attend rather than being told they have to come.
  • If your young person engages with counselling, it will help if you show an interest if they want to talk to you about it, without pushing it if they prefer not to discuss it.
  • If you are able to support with reminding your young person about their appointment and getting your young person to their appointment, then that can help.
  • Your young person will be offered an opportunity to involve other members of the family in the process as part of our family work. An openness to this can be really helpful to young people.
  • It is important to note that counselling is not a ‘quick fix’, and sometimes it takes a while to feel the benefit.

counselling for young peopleHow can my young person access counselling and what happens when they do?

  • Once you have spoken with your young person about accessing counselling and they have agreed it is something they would like to try, you can contact the counselling manager at pauline@step2.org.uk. for a referral form or phone Step 2 on 01274 683118
  • You will be contacted by the counselling manager who will arrange an appointment with one of the counsellors. The appointments are between 4pm-7pm on weekday evenings. We try to see people as quickly as possible but sometimes there is a short waiting time.
  • You may drop your young person off at the start of their sessions and collect them at the end. The sessions last for 1hr. You are welcome to ask to meet with counsellor at the start of the first session so you know who your young person is seeing. However, the counsellor will not be able to share the content of the counselling sessions with you.
  • During the first session the counsellor will explain how they work to the young person and they will decide together what the focus of the work they do will be. The young person will be given a choice about whether to return. If they chose to engage, they will be asked to attend every week for six weeks. At this point the counsellor and the young person will review the work they are doing and decide whether to continue for another six weeks if necessary. If the young person feels they have done enough, they will end the work there.
  • If you have any concerns whilst your young person is seeing a counsellor at Step2, you can contact the counselling manager on 01274 683118

Working with Families

If your young person accesses counselling at Step 2 they will also be offered the opportunity to work with members of their family. Family work consists of up to ten sessions where a young person and their family are offered the opportunity to work together with their counsellor and another trained therapist to help understand and work through the issues that are bothering them. This is not compulsory and will only happen if the young person and their family members are all willing to engage in the process.

Step2 Counselling Service In Schools

Step 2 offers a counselling service in primary and secondary schools in order to respond to current government guidelines in addressing mental health issues for children and young people in schools. With the seemingly ever increasing  challenges placed on young people, pastoral staff and other support staff often do not always have the time or necessarily the skills to deal with more complex emotional disturbance manifesting itself some in young people. Yet if these issues are not addressed properly, the impact on attendance and achievement can be significant.

We have been working successfully in primary and secondary schools in Bradford over the last few years. All our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in working therapeutically with children and young people. They are all registered members of a professional body, usually the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and are therefore obliged to work within the BACP Code of Ethics. In order to quality assure their work and ensure client safety, they are required to have their own personal monthly supervision in place and attend group supervision and regular 1:1 support at Step2.

To find out more about our service in schools and how to access it, please refer to the Support in Schools section.

 "Though I might not be able to change the past I can learn to let it go and concentrate on the future" ( YP 15yrs, 2016)