Adolescent Support Clinic
We Understand

"Supporting young people and families in Southend and Essex"


You meet privately with a male or female therapist in a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment.
The relationship with your therapist is one of mutual respect and honesty which enables you to talk about thoughts and feelings that are affecting you.

You may need short term work to focus on specific issues; or open ended longer term work.

Brief Intervention
6-12 Sessions

Brief Intervention helps those who have a good idea of their difficulty and are ready for change. Therapy is mostly focused in the ‘here & now’ and is suitable for a range of mild to moderate issues, for example, reactive low mood, anxiety with known trigger and behavioural management. Sessions are goal focused, have a pscho-educational component and will take a more cognitive approach such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or SFT (Solution Focused Therapy). These approaches have a collaborative and directive style, where agendas are agreed jointly by the client and the therapist.

Medium Term Therapy
12 – 25 sessions

Medium term therapy might be necessary for those that cannot identify the cause of their difficulty or have been struggling for some time. Some conditions might require more than a brief intervention, for example ongoing Low Mood, Generalised Anxiety, OCD, ADHD and Self Harm. Sessions will explore the ‘here & now’ and also historical factors and although may still have a largely cognitive feel there may also be a more psychodynamic aspect to the work. Sessions will be collaborative and directive and the work will still have a general sense of a beginning, middle and end, though there may be less of a focus on specific goals.

Long Term Therapy
25 sessions to 3 years+

For chronic and ongoing issues, long term or ‘depth psychotherapy’ will be required. Sessions are more client-led (or collaborative) and will not be focused on a specific fixed outcome; indeed the outcome might be to provide ongoing support and to reduce harm (to self). Longer term therapy is appropriate for more complex presentations which have a range of contributing factors; such as trauma, OCD, Eating Disorders, Severe Anxiety and Low Mood and ASD. Sessions tend to be less structured and goal oriented and will have a focus which is equally historical and in the ‘here & now’. Rather than interventions using specific exercises or ‘tools’, ‘depth psychotherapy’ relies on the relationship between client and therapist as the vehicle for change. Through relationship, the client begins to learn to trust ‘the other’, experience validation and develop self esteem, whilst the therapist models positive attachment and healthy relating.

  • • Please note the example presentations listed are used as a general guide to treatment but are by no means an exhaustive list.

Therapeutic play has as its main objective the emotional well being of the child and is non-judgmental, non-directive and non-interpretive. The Therapeutic Specialist uses the medium of play and creative arts such as the sand tray with which the child may recreate their world.

This process enables the child to make sense of their world, to gain control of their emotions and to develop strategies to deal with situations in real life more appropriately.

Family Support Service

From: £25 per hour/£17.50 per half hour

This new family support service for neuro-diversity is Person centred and individually tailored and therefore shaped to meet your personal requirements. Offering assistance over a range of different provisions including:

  • signposting and linking to external networks
  • mediation,
  • help in understanding your child’s difficulties,
  • developing personalised support and growth plans for all environments,
  • promoting positivity,
  • working with education and healthcare professionals,
  • assistance with accessing benefits

Social Group

The one thing that many young people lack is a safe social space to meet other people in similar positions to themselves and feel accepted for who they are. The Social Group meet once a fortnight to begin with, young people of any age can come together and just be themselves. From just sitting and talking to fun group activities and going on outings-this group can be whatever you want it to be. This group aims to be accessible to all.


Martyn Brown provides mental health and neuro-diversity consultancy to a range of professionals including schools, colleges, universities, medical professionals and counsellors. He can visit your institution or project and give expert advice, reaching out to people from all backgrounds.

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Systemic family therapy specialises in improving communication and relationships in families. Each member is encouraged to share their perspective and all are equally valued.

The systemic approach explores dynamics within the family system and encourages the family to identify what is helpful and unhelpful, rather than focusing on individuals behaviour. In this way as a unit you can work together to create a more harmonious family life.

The team of three therapists have 45 years experience collectively; working with individuals, couples and families in the NHS, charitable organisations and private practice.

How important is the quality of relating in your relationship?

Attention is focused on your relationship. Alongside you and your partner, the therapist explores possible conflict within your relationship. Progress is made by understanding how to have connecting conversations and to learn the art of active listening with a receptive mind. This creates the possibility of moving beyond destructive patterns into meaningful conversation with the person you ‘once upon a time’ had strong positive feelings for.

Together and in a safe environment, feelings can be shared allowing clarity of responsibilities and identifying common life goals. In this way, you and your partner can listen and also be heard.

'Relationship Matters' with Lesley Burrows


What is E.L.F?

Does your child get cross and frustrated?

Do they find it hard to deal with their emotions?

Would you like some strategies to help them (and you) cope?

Then you are not alone...Find new ways to communicate, different ideas to try out and new activities to enjoy...

E.L.F. (Early Learning Fun) is a service for parents and their children which offers a wide variety of activities designed to provide a positive experience for both parties.  E.L.F. is a unique service in providing a series of parent/child programmes specific to your individual needs:

  • shyness
  • poor interaction
  • anxieties
  • listening skills
  • connecting with your child
  •  improving communication


What does E.L.F. involve?

E.LF “makes connections through creative play”.  Each course is individually designed following discussions with parent/care giver.   Maximum benefit can be achieved with full attendance and your support in joining in the sessions. .

“When parents enter their child's world of play and imagination, the child blossoms with more confidence to explore and learn. Time spent playing with mum or dad contributes to healthy emotional development and will also build trust between parent and child.”

What benefits will you get from E.L.F?

E.L.F. aims to address concerns raised by both parents and the school.  Issues covered with previous groups have included shyness, poor listening skills, confidence building and coping with feelings.

We provide programmes that are tailor made to suit the needs of the specific client group. Group numbers can range from 6 – 12 members with two facilitating therapists.

Our groups are psycho-educational (combine psychology with education). We cover subjects such as self harm, anger management, self esteem, anxiety and phobias, bullying and assertiveness.