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We're here for you.
 

We appreciate this may be a difficult time for you and your family. 
You're not alone - we're here to help and support you.
Please follow the three steps on this page to get the right help.

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STEP 1

Check you meet our criteria below. We are an early intervention service so can see children & young people with a range of issues.

If challenges are too severe we may suggest a more appropriate service for you.

Please read the 'who we can help' and 'who we can't help' carefully and proceed to Step 2 only if you meet the criteria: 

 Children and young people up to age 18 with:

  • Mild depression

  • Mild anxiety and obsessional behaviour

  • Early concerns about body image, eating and weight which are interfering with functioning

  • Challenging behaviour and difficulty regulating emotions

  • Being bullied, bullying others and peer group difficulties

  • School refusal or non-attendance

  • Problems arising from bereavement, family break up, loss or upheaval

  • Family communication and relationship issues

  • Mild self-harm

  • Minor issues with substance misuse

  • Emotional and behaviour problems arising from physical illness or disability

  • Victims of Sexual Abuse

  • Difficulties with gender and/or sexual identity

  • Social Media pressures

 Who we can help 

​Children and young people who generally have more complex or long-term disorders need more specialist help, so FCT cannot treat the following conditions: 

  • Severe depression

  • Severe anxiety and obsessional behaviour

  • Psychosis

  • Severe challenging behaviour, conduct disorder

  • Risky, dangerous or suicidal behaviour

  • Severe substance misuse

  • Children who are in the care of the local authority 

  • Children on a Child Protection Plan/Order

  • Severe post traumatic disorder difficulties

  • Severe learning disability

 

Please be aware that FCT is unable to accept any requests for help where there are safeguarding* concerns. 

*Safeguarding means when action is necessary to protect a child or young person from harm and protect their welfare. If you believe a child is being abused, mistreated or harmed, please contact NSPCC here

 Who we can't help 
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STEP 2

Select which county you live in below. 

My county isn't listed. Where can I get help?

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STEP 3
DORSET

Dorset FCT accepts referrals directly from young people and their families/carers. Please download the self-referral form and send it to Kay. 

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Audrey Ditton

Family Liaison Officer

Our Family Liaison Officers are here to help you. If you have a question, please feel free to call or email for a chat &/or see our FAQs.

Dorset referral

What happens next?

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STEP 3
HAMPSHIRE

Hampshire FCT accepts referrals directly from young people and their families/carers. Please download the self-referral form and send it to Fiona. 

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Fiona Atkins

Family Liaison Officer

Our Family Liaison Officers are here to help you. If you have a question, please feel free to call or email for a chat &/or see our FAQs.

Hampshire referral

What happens next?

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STEP 3
SOMERSET

Somerset FCT accepts referrals directly from young people and their families/carers. Please download the self-referral form and send it to Liz.  

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Liz Loud

Family Liaison Officer

Our Family Liaison Officers are here to help you. If you have a question, please feel free to call or email for a chat &/or see our FAQs.

Somerset referral
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STEP 3
WILTSHIRE

Wiltshire FCT accepts referrals directly from young people and their families/carers. Please download the self-referral form and send it to James. 

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James Poynting

Family Liaison Officer

Our Family Liaison Officers are here to help you. If you have a question, please feel free to call or email for a chat &/or see our FAQs.

What happens next?

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What happens next?

We will be in touch with you soon. In the meantime, please watch our video, which has tips to help you cope, and read the FAQs below:

FAQs
  • How much does counselling cost?
    Financial contributions towards therapy are on a sliding scale and assessed on the basis of household income as follows. If your child receives pupil premium, the school may be able to help with funding. Up to £26,000 pa including benefits: you pay £5 per session £26,000 - £35,000 pa including benefits: you pay £15 per session £35,000 - £42,000 pa including benefits: you pay £25 per session Over £42,000 pa including benefits: you pay full cost per session + a one-off £30 admin fee * Please note: if families can’t afford the contribution per session this can be discussed with the Family Liaison Officer. If families would like to contribute more for their sessions then this is most welcome and helpful.
  • Who are the counsellors?
    When you receive your offer letter, you will be given a choice of counsellors in your area. All counsellors / therapists who see children referred to FCT are carefully vetted and have prior experience of working with children. They are all trained and registered with a professional body, insured, hold clear enhanced DBS certificates and work in accordance with local safeguarding procedures. Find our more about our vetting procedure here.
  • What kind of counselling do you offer?
    Our counsellors offer a range of therapies including Family Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Art Therapy and Trauma Therapy. You can find out more about the different types of counselling offered here.
  • How many sessions will I/we get?
    Our standard offer is of six sessions of counselling. At the discretion of the therapist, additional sessions may be offered if necessary.
  • Who will attend the counselling sessions?
    We offer a holistic service which includes family members where possible. Parents/grandparents and siblings may be invited to attend family therapy sessions when appropriate.
  • Where do the counselling sessions take place?
    This will be arranged between you and your counsellor who will endeavour to offer you a convenient location. This may be in therapy rooms, at the counsellors home, in school or at a GP practice near you. Online sessions can be available.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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