Resources for Caregivers

Here at Voyage Play Therapy, we love working with children but recognise that the adults around them can often need support, too. We offer attachment work which can improve the relationship, in turn providing positive times for adult and child but sometimes you might need a little bit more of your own support and work.

Young Minds offers an excellent resource page for those who need support here including their parent helpline, and ideas for parenting

If you also would like some further support but feel the money needs to go on the child to get counselling and that means you can’t have any – we’ve collated some free online resources for a wide range of topics as well as some counsellors for adults who offer concessionary rates. We haven’t met them all so as with everything; check it out – are they registered and do you want to work with them? It’s okay if you don’t, there are plenty of counsellors around. If your circumstances mean you are housebound after bedtime then we have included those who offer online counselling, too.

Self-help and online resources:

NHS offer free 6-week and 4-week courses that are run in a lecture style with no contribution, verbal or financial, requested from the people attending. You can bring friends and there are daytime and evening options – read more on the FAQ here – I have chosen the Aneurin Bevan Health Board which covers Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen as those are areas I work.

Moodjuice – an excellent resource that offers some ideas and guides to look at; anger, anxiety, assertiveness, bereavement, depression, obsessions and compulsions, panic, post-traumatic stress, shyness and social phobias, sleep problems and stress. They are comprehensive and developed by mental health professionals. This is one way to access them, but the interactive opener is also helpful –

NHS Northumberland, Tyne and Wear ‘Self Help Guides’ Such comprehensive guides written by mental health professionals with large print, audio and video versions available.

‘Get Self-Help’ – the site has lots of adverts but contains a helpful list of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) handouts here: Info sheets and workbooks for anger; assertive communication, coping with stress and grief and bereavement.

Other: This is being developed to look at holistic approaches to boosting wellbeing such as eating well, exercising and getting outside more. Suggestions, as always will be appreciated.

Massive thanks to … SWENT counsellors including; Andrea Hunt; Dan Lewis; Jamie Rance; Kate Wadsworth; Melanie Tucker; Christos Zenios; Jacqueline Davies; Joanna Jasmine; Stacey from dotcomcounselling; Naomi from Graig House Counselling Service.