Our specialist therapeutic services for children and young people offer a friendly and safe space for girls, boys and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse or any unwanted sexual encounters.
Counselling is a talking therapy that allows you to discuss any experiences or difficult feelings in a safe, confidential environment. You might come to counselling with specific experiences or events that you would like to talk to someone about or work through, or you may simply want to explore your thoughts and feelings in more depth - it's completely up to you.
You will have weekly sessions with the same counsellor. Your appointment will generally be at the same time each week, lasting 50 minutes.
Counselling at Yellow Door is friendly and relaxed. Your sessions will be in a welcoming room, where there are lots of creative ways to express yourself. This might be through making art, or using toys and games to communicate how you are feeling.
"I've realised none of what happened was my fault. I can cope better. I've been helped to realise life is worth living."
"No problem is too big or too small and I've felt I've been allowed to be myself in a judgement-free kind and helpful zone."
We are able to offer art therapy to children aged under 11 and living in Southampton. This can be a fun and creative way to express any difficulties you may be facing through a range of different art materials, techniques and activities.
Art therapy can work particularly well with younger people, who may struggle with traditional talking therapies that rely on verbal descriptions of events, feelings, hopes and fears.
Creativity helps begin the process of change and healing through self-expression, reflection and perspective.
You can find out more about Art Therapy at Yellow Door by reading our recent blog.
Additionally to our one-on-one counselling Yellow Door run two therapeutic groups for individuals to work through specific issues with others who have experienced similar things. Each of our groups are small, with an average of just 7 members, and are facilitated by two Yellow Door counsellors.
Joining a group may seem scary to some people at first, but group-based therapy can be an ideal option for many people who feel alone with their experiences or who want to learn how to develop their relationship skills. Many group members find the shared understanding of others in the group can give them the opportunity to make positive changes.
These are our current groups for young people aged 12 - 18:
Bright Stars was launched in 2016 as a collaboration between Yellow Door’s Young People’s Service and The Star Project. It aims to offer a therapeutic space for young people to explore their thoughts and feelings around their experiences of domestic abuse. The group welcomes any young person who has witnessed or directly suffered domestic violence – either at home within the family, or within their own personal relationships.
It works to explore topics in a thoughtful but creative and fun way by including group discussions, games and craft activities. Issues approached include:
What makes an unhealthy relationship?
What makes a healthy relationship?
Identifying and understanding how to stay safe in relationships.
Understanding how to deal with emotions such as anger
Being able to identify emotions
The Bright Stars group runs during the term time, after school hours.
Creative Arts Group
The purpose of the group is to offer young people who have experienced abuse within family relationship a safe, confidential space to reflect and share any thoughts around issues or anything that they might be struggling with or finding hard to manage.
It is a great opportunity for young people to build confidence in their creative skills and talents, as well as raising self-esteem by being part of a group of young people who have suffered similar experiences in their past. Young people who take part in the group often start by feeling very isolated, but working as part of a team in this setting frequently helps them to see that they are not alone, and that there are people able to listen and support them.
Trauma Informed Psycho-Education Group
This group has been developed to support young people aged 15 - 19 who have experienced any form of sexual assault, rape or abuse within a relationship. Like Yellow Door's other therapeutic groups, sessions are 1.5 hours long and run weekly. The group provides a safe space to reflect and share thoughts and feelings around any issues that group members may be struggling with.
It uses both creative interventions and psycho-educational techniques to explore topics like trauma and relationships, supporting young people to understand more about emotional and psychological reactions to negative and traumatic experiences.
The group runs over 6 weeks, covering topics such as:
How do we respond to trauma?
How are our emotions affected by trauma?
How has what we've experienced affected our intimate relationships?
How have our friendships and family relationships been affected by what you have experienced?
"It was incredible! [The counsellors] deserve a pat on the back. Don't ever stop this service."
"I got to know people who had been through the same things after feeling isolated for so long."
"I liked most talking openly
with others about my experiences and feeling supported by everyone"
How do I refer?
If you feel that Yellow Door's therapeutic services may be beneficial for you, or a young person in your care, you are welcome to make a referral to access our services at any time.