Here at U Matter counselling, we understand the importance of being seen and heard in order to heal. Sometimes things can become difficult to bear with, and you just need that extra helping hand which empowers you to support yourself. You’ve taken the toughest step in reaching out and, our team of psychotherapists and psychologists are here to support and hold you through providing tailored therapeutic interventions to meet your needs.
This involves working with you on an individualistic approach with the style of counselling which is more suitable to the support that may benefit your needs. One-to-one therapy is designed to provide you with a safe and supportive space that allows you to explore personal issues and connect with your feelings.
Our counsellors provide a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing in your relationship. Together we will first help you to identify the issues or problems you are facing in your relationship. If you decide couple counselling is the way forward for both of you, you will embark on a series of short-term counselling sessions – anything between six and twelve sessions is normal, but it will depend on the issues you are experiencing. For some couples, counselling is the start of a longer process of discovery while for others, a few sessions of counselling may be all they need to move through a rough patch. You will be able to discuss your expectations with your counsellor.
Group therapy is the psychological therapy that happens within a group of people. This group of people tend to share the same common issue and find it easier to discuss and work around the problem. Whilst in a group therapy environment, it allows for support to be given from the therapist as well as the group members as they are sharing and experiencing similar concerns.
The main aim of family therapy is to explore and help members of the family to share a better understanding of each other, change any negative behaviours and work on resolving any issues or conflicts within the family. There is no age limit to this and can work with anyone within the family members.
This type of therapy is aimed at children who may need a little support or may have experienced unpleasant events in their life. Play therapy helps children to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings and come to a better understanding of their life experiences. Children are consistently expressing themselves through play and therefore is a natural activity for them. This will allow them to learn, explore and communicate and therefore is considered highly effective for helping children to play out what they may be finding difficult to express through words.
The purpose of integration workshops is to help all our clients take that step further in their life and help regain full strength in all aspects. When you have just gone through a life changing experience and something which is very traumatic to you, it really does take full strength and courage to be able to gain that inner strength again to get yourself back up and on your feet.
With our integration workshops, we aim to provide the means which can support you and benefit you to feel that you have control over your life and more importantly yourself. This is done through working on your skills and being given the opportunities to rebuild yourself again and through that rebuild your self-esteem and resilience.
Applications to help you get into education. Classes and courses to get involved to better existing skills and work on gaining more qualifications and skills. We can also assist with seeking funding for courses or qualifications if needed. Exploring routes and paths that you may feel would be more suitable for you and help you in action planning the steps you could take.
Looking to get back up on your feet again and take control over your life independently can be very hard work and needs dedication. We are here to assess you with your CV, cover letters and job applications. We are also able to help you gain experience, either through placements or volunteering programmes so that you can get one foot in the door towards taking the right steps that you need.
This approach is focused on working on the self, relationships, values, core identity, core needs, career, roles, tasks and skills. The purpose of coaching is all about self-empowerment through self-awareness, self-managed and increasing self-efficacy. This is achieved through having open and honest conversations which is slightly different to applying a therapeutic approach. During coaching sessions, you are discussing and actively working together to explore and reach an end goal. The person of coaching is to make change through action, increase self-awareness and make mainly focused on closing the gap between potential and how things are currently.
When you’ve gone through a rough patch and you’ve had to pick yourself up again you can feel like you’re alone. Sometimes getting involved with the community workshops and programmes around your area is going to help in aiding you and empowering you to get more involved in activities and also keep you active whilst doing something that you enjoy. Getting involved in community programmes allows you to meet with new people, build social circles and could also benefit you with networking.
Babies and mothers group is a parenting service that is offered through an online course. It will help to give mothers cutting-edge tools, strategies and techniques that can be used to improve parenting style and help mothers do their best. We aim to encourage positive parenting through building a strong bond between the parent and child by educating parents on the importance of communicating effectively with their child, understandings their child’s needs whilst taking their emotions into account.
As part of the education side of the services provided, English lessons are available for all people whom wish to join and be a part of a class and a learning environment. It is a great service to help improve English speaking and writing, helping individuals feel more confident in the English language. For many it will provide the ability to communicate more confidently in a new language, whilst improving comprehension skills as well as grammar and spelling.
Sports is a more practical, hands on option for individuals who prefer the physical side of things. In general sports and exercise have shown to be an effective method to reduce stress and provides many mental benefits. Having the combination of exercise alongside fun, it is a great activity which will also provide group support and sense of belonging.
Advocacy is offered as a method of helping one to express any feelings or concerns they may have with the guarantee that your voice will be heard and taken seriously. Through this program an individual will be able to explore their rights and options with the correct legitimate advice. This option is helpful for anyone who may struggle to correctly express their feelings and who needs that extra help to make the right informed decisions for whatever concern they have.
Secondary Trauma and well- being training, for advocates and case workers.
1. Reducing risk and implementing positive coping strategies when working with trauma survivors.
‘Be mindful that, it takes a team of professionals working together in order to support this client group. You do not have to do it alone’. (U Matter)
2. Adolescents and the importance of understanding culture and traditional values in creating successful connections within new host communities. Fostering positive and empowering outcomes.
‘The art of helping young persons is understanding their understanding. Finding out where they are at, then, meet them there. Acknowledge them, be patient, be humble, empower by serving, show them that they Matter’. (U Matter)
Workshops are typically 45-60 minutes each and can be held in-house or online.
Empowerment self-defence is a violence prevention education tool which aims to reduce the incidence of abuse by integrating a program that teaches a variety of skills to be able to recognise and prevent abuse.
The aim of the tool is to help you to recognise abuse, coercion and boundary violations, it also helps you to communicate assertively and advocate for yourself when under stress as well as to help you physically protect yourself from violence committed by anyone.
We offer a range of interpreters to be able to help you if you do not feel confident in the English language. We can offer face to face interpreting or over the phone.