You First Therapeutic Services
You First Therapeutic Services (YFTS) exists to help fill the gap for those seeking support around their mental health. YFTS supports the mental wellbeing of adults and young people ages 11+.
Some people just need to talk with someone who will listen without judgement. YFTS offers this, but at a lower cost.
Although I live in central Norfolk I offer my services county wide including Waveney. I understand that the need for support is everywhere so I try to be flexible with the service offer where I can, so do get in touch with any questions.
We all have mental health as we all have a physical health and like our physical health it can change throughout our lives especially at times when we feel alone or isolated.
I have worked within caring and person focused settings for over 10 years. In this time I have been a Key Worker for vulnerable adults and young people within, a Mentor, a Community and Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Norfolk, a Youth Worker and a Youth Mental Health Worker for MAP the youth charity, as well as other roles in the public and third sectors.
Due to a lack of funding, awareness, time, and resources coupled with long waiting times and untailored or inappropriate support, I have heard and seen both adults and young people fall through the gaps of services.
I will always have an honest conversation with you to gauge whether my service is appropriate. If it is not, I will signpost to other services where possible.
Please see below for more details about my service offer.
Mental health and Wellbeing support within educational settings
With experience working within schools, I understand the pressures placed on staff members to manage young peoples mental health and wellbeing whilst performing other duties.
I offer a Youth Mental Health Service to schools at a discounted rate either on a short or long term basis supporting young people one-to-one aged 11-18.
The work carried out is either in the form of Psychosocial Interventions where we would look at coping strategies, or a listening support service.
I am fully insured, able to provide a DBS, and I abide by the policies set out by each educational setting that I work in.
Adult listening and Mentoring service
I offer a non-judgemental listening ear in a space where you can talk to someone who is willing to listen.
There is no pressure on clients to talk about things they are uncomfortable talking about. The session is led by you and what you would like to discuss. I will not tell you what to do or give you advice, but instead offer an empathic listening ear.
Session lengths are one hour. We have initial contact via email or a discussion over the phone to see if my service is right for you. If we both wish to go ahead I will book in our first appointment.
Another part of my adult service is mentoring. This involves sharing some of my own skills to help you progress in your own lives and careers. You can let me know what it is you are wanting support with and I will let you know if I can assist, or whether we can research and explore the available options together.
Mentoring may be possible over the phone, email or Skype but can also be done face-to-face therefore prices will vary.
Mild-Moderate Youth Mental Health Support
This service is offered depending on your location, and flexibility.
This service is offered to young people aged 16-21.
(If you are between 11-16 and require support, I may be able to see you within your educational setting with their support).
I can provide Young People with a listening service or I can offer Psychosocial interventions where we would explore coping strategies for different mental health issues including (but not limited to) anxiety, self-esteem, depression, stress, self-harm.
I do not offer a set number of sessions but we will have reviews where we can check on progression and see if my service is still appropriate for you.
Any questions about my service or availability please fill out the below form and I'll get back to you a.s.a.p.
Tuesday to Thursday - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday (appointments only) - 9:00am - 12:00pm