'Specialists in therapeutic residential care for adolescents with emotional behavioural difficulties'

Therapeutic Approach

Experience has taught us that very often young people refuse to have therapy, and for a variety of reasons. Because we believe that therapy is ineffective if not willingly entered into, we do not insist that the young person participate simply because therapy sessions form part of our care packages.

However, in order to expose our young people to the healing effects of therapy, we work in a way that incorporates a Humanistic approach. We strive to correct imbalance in our young people’s lives; where there has been disrespect, we show great respect and restore dignity. Where there has been neglect we give time, attention and sensitive care. Drawing on Rogers Core Conditions and the skills taught in our Basic Counselling training, our dedicated employees work empathically with our young people whilst warmly and genuinely developing appropriate relationships with them. Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1970), we recognise a young person’s need for security, safety and a sound homely environment in order to facilitate progress towards meeting the higher needs of personal development and self-actualisation.

Therapeutic support, provided by qualified practitioners is offered at Southern Adolescent Care Services Limited children's homes and includes some of the following:

  • Personal counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Music and Drama Therapy

Our established network of psychotherapists in private practice enables young people to quickly gain access to this invaluable source of support and guidance, circumventing the delays or lack of provision caused by over-stretched public health service resources.

The therapeutic placements Southern Adolescent Care Services Limited provide for young people with challenging behaviour aim to help them address and overcome the adverse circumstances of their past, which brought them into care, and the consequent development difficulties that this may have caused them. By rebuilding their self-esteem and self-confidence, we enable our young people to respond to the challenge of the Existential view point that we all have the power of choice and therefore responsibility. We take pride in helping to prepare our young people to take up their rightful place in society as well functioning, resilient adults.