HCCG offers therapy for children and adolescents with our team of trained PACT therapists.
Who are we?: We are a group of experienced and qualified counsellors with particular concern for children and young people. We work under the title of PACT – Parent, Adolescent and Child Therapy.
Where we operate: We are based at Alphacom House in Oakhill Road in Horsham. We have particular tools and techniques available specifically for working with children and young people. We generally offer sessions from Tuesday to Thursday – mornings and afternoons until 6.00pm.
How might counselling help children and young people? Counselling is a way of helping people who are experiencing difficulties. There are many problems that create difficulty, pain and confusion for children and young people such as negative self-image; relationship breakdown; anxiety, depression and bereavement. Sadly there are also issues of abuse and bullying that can destroy a young person’s sense of worth and happiness. By building a trusting relationship with a counsellor, clients can explore and begin to understand news ways of coping with difficult situations.
It can be helpful to express difficult feelings of pain, anger, sadness and fear in a safe place and can lead to better ways of managing the ups and downs of growing up. Counsellors listen, in a non-judgmental way, not offering advice, but exploring the issues and supporting the client to make positive decisions for themselves.
What ages do you work with?
We are able to offer specialised support for young children from age 5 – 12 and for adolescents up to the age of 18. Young people over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply to the adult counselling service.
How to Access PACT: Contact us on 01403 217900 or [email protected] to book an assessment with one of the PACT team. An assessment time will be arranged when you and your child can come and meet the therapist.
For young children the therapist will meet a parent or guardian for the first time without the child being present so that you can decide whether counselling would benefit your child and so that the therapist can decide if we are the best agency to work with your child.
For a young person aged 13 to 18 the assessment will be mainly with the young person although a parent or guardian may be invited to attend part of the assessment. If counselling is decided as a good way forward, you will agree with the counsellor a day and time to meet – on a regular weekly basis. Sessions are normally 50 minutes long – however, for young children this may be reduced.
How much will it cost?
£20 – for those on benefits or unwaged or if you earn up to £20,000 income a year
£30 – if you earn over £20,000 income a year
Weekly counselling sessions: Children & Young People
£35 per weekly session
There may be some subsidized place available or external funding can sometimes be accessed through social services, pupil premium or local youth services. This can be discussed prior to assessment.