After your initial enquiry to the Youth Intervention Centre you will be invited to an initial appointment where you'll be given the chance to have a look around our space and meet some of the staff and possibly your therapist before making a commitment to attend counselling.
Normally this appointment is attended by the young person and their parent/carer, although depending on your age you may feel comfortable coming by yourself. The appointment lasts for approx. 30 mins and during this time we run through how counselling works and what would be expected from you. The young person gets the chance to have a quick talk with one of our therapists and the parent/guardian gets to spend time with our practice manager discussing their views and running through some paperwork.
Prior to your attendance at the initial appointment we will have emailed or sent out to you a risk assessment. We ask parents/carers (or yourself if you're over 18) to fill in this risk assessment the first time a young person accesses our service; whether this is just a 2hr workshop or long-term 1:1 work. We ask this so that we can meet the needs of all our young people as thoroughly and appropriately as possible. It also allows us to make sure we are safeguarding the young person, other young people and our staff to our best ability at all times. Do not worry if you answer yes to some questions - you will never be judged! (Trust us, we've worked in lots of settings and we've seen it all!)
At the end of your initial appointment we actively encourage you to go away and talk about whether you feel we are the right people to help you and to decide if you want to continue to see us. We will look through your risk assessment and if everyone is happy to do so we can then arrange a regular appointment for you. It is important to remember that the initial meeting has no obligations and there will never be a pressure on you to book any further appointments.