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16 Days of Activism – Day One

Shining a light on our work 

Therapy & Recovery 

Changing Pathways offers therapy across our refuges and outreach centres for survivors and their children who have been subjected to domestic abuse and/or stalking. Changing Pathways gives individuals the opportunity to access counselling in a safe and confidential environment.

Domestic abuse impacts on mental and physical health and can affect the quality of life for many families. The trauma of experiencing abuse in childhood, through to adulthood can be very distressing and therefore our service is often presented with heightened and generalised anxiety disorder and depression in both adults and children, coupled with feelings of fear, shame, embarrassment, guilt and anger. Our counselling service works to enable survivors to understand and make sense of their lived experiences, whilst working with their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can often be barriers to moving on in their life.

At Changing Pathways, we are able to provide 1:1 therapy, and play therapy for children from the age of 5 – 25 years.  We also offer family systemic work, helping to build positive relationships and confident parenting. The service also offers non-structured and structured group work. The group work offers the opportunity for the group to be experiential, where women can talk together with their peers, with the aim of starting their own groups in the community. This is facilitated by a counsellor who works with a person/client centred approach enabling women to feel heard and build trust.

Our therapy services are delivered by a team of counsellors, some who are qualified, with specialist child and adolescent skills training and some who are currently in training.  They are all volunteers and are passionate and committed to working with survivors of domestic abuse.

Women who are receiving support from a Changing Pathways Practitioner can be referred to our counselling services. We aim for our service users to have an assessment within two weeks of referral and offer 12 weekly sessions to both adults and children.  Our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct. They are managed and supervised clinically, with additional in-house case management, and have a good understanding of domestic abuse and the impact it has on all in society today.

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