This service, based at Newtownards, was set up in November 2003, and is provided to young people 16-25 yrs in North Down who have had experience of living in care. There is a private counselling room in the office in West Street where the counsellor can meet with each young person. This can be on a weekly basis for an hour and for as long as the young person needs or wants the service. Private rooms can also be arranged in Belfast if it is more convenient for the young person. Therapy is available on a one to one basis, with couples and with families. Consultation with other professionals working directly with the young people is also available.
The young people with whom the service has worked to date come with complex needs and concerns. These include:
self injurious behaviour or depression
emotional and psychological trauma
attachment problems or relationship difficulties
the struggles of young parenthood and parenting capacity