Annual Report: 2017-2018

Southmead Project Counselling Service

Following an internal evaluation, therapeutic related areas of work at the charity were overhauled during 2017-18. Constant throughout, however, was the commitment and dedication to maintaining the outstanding trauma-focused counselling and group programmes the charity is noted for. This commitment and dedication is matched only by that of the clients we see, who regularly demonstrate immense courage in returning each week for their sessions, working so hard towards building a healthier future for themselves.

Counsellors here use an integrative approach to therapy, tailored to the individual and their needs. Creating a safe space for growth in wellbeing is essential and our team has this ability in abundance, with psycho-education playing a key role in developing the person’s understanding of the impact of trauma on the body and the brain. This knowledge, along with learning and adopting practical ‘safe tools’ and strategies, helps clients manage the effects of trauma, in turn, ensuring much needed emotional stability and sense of safety in their daily lives.

Our outcomes repeatedly show the counselling process helps clients move on from past experiences of abuse. They regularly report encouraging rises in their levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, improved family relationships and friendships: all essential ingredients for sustained recovery from child abuse

Helen Biggs
Senior Counsellor