Counselling

Many of the parents we work with find they need some extra support during their time with us. That’s where our individual counselling service comes in.

What do we offer?

Free one-to-one counselling for parents who are currently engaging with our services.  All our counsellors are either fully qualified or third year students on placement.

Who is it for?

Mums and dads already involved with any of Friends of the Family’s services, who are not currently receiving therapy/counselling from a statutory agency.

How does it work?

A referral is made to the counsellors by the Mums and under 5s or 5s to 13s Befriending managers. An assessment is made by the counsellor and, if both parties agree that they can work together, a verbal contract is agreed with the parent.

Counselling for mums is run in term-time, with breaks during school holidays. Counselling for dads, through our support for dads service,runs through school holidays. The service is free. However, there is an expectation that clients commit to the process and engage with the counsellor to give the best chance of success.

What are the benefits?

Numerous. The opportunity to have weekly sessions to address personal issues alongside support they are receiving through another of our services is invaluable to parents. Often our mums and dads need space to examine their own patterns and difficulties in a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. Further benefits include: addressing issues of anxiety, depression, loss, grief, low self-esteem, lack of assertiveness, insecurity, relationship breakdown, and parenting anxiety.

Quotes - Winchester charity
  • “The option of having one-to-one counselling with the counsellor as part of the charity I found to be unbelievable… I cannot express how different my life would be without Friends of the Family.”

    Laura, Under 5s mum
  • "The counselling provided by Friends of the Family has been incredibly helpful. This service has made a real difference to the whole family, improving my relationship with my husband and giving me greater understanding of myself."

    Nicky, 5s to 13s mum
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one-to-one counselling sessions held in 2016
Friends of the Family

Jill’s story…

“Having struggled with my mental health for many years and after seeing counsellor after counsellor with none of them working, I finally found Friends of the Family. I have suffered from depression and acute anxiety for half my life and with counselling have learnt many techniques to help me cope with everyday life, so much so I have managed to come off my anti-depressants and have fewer panic attacks in stressful situations. One-to-one counselling has been the highlight of my week. I am still learning about myself and how strong I can be. With more sessions I know I will be able to become the person I long to be.”

Jill, Under 5s mum