Does anyone know of anything within the Teesside area (preferably Stockton on Tees) that I can contact to get help for my 2 children (ages 6 & 8) who are struggling to cope with our separation? I’m not looking for anything too intense – more on the lines of resilience/confidence building and/or a safe place to talk to people about what is going on at home.
Everything I’ve looked at so far comes with a hefty price tag and paying for support is absolutely something I will consider, obviously if I can find something for free/low cost, then that would be preferable now I’m on a single income. I don’t qualify for any benefits or additional support, in case that’s a factor.
i’m not from your area so can’t help with that but just wondered if you have spoken to your children’s school. Some schools have family support workers who can do some low key, relaxed ‘counselling’ to support them through the upheaval. Ours has been wonderful with our daughter. If not, they may be able to point you in the right direction. Also it may be worth speaking to your doctor’s surgery – our area has a programme called Suffolk wellbeing which is a self-referral programme for counselling / CBT/ online support programmes which are all free on the NHS. You don’t have to actually see the doctor and can apply directly.
Also how about Relate? It’ll probably cost but they may have reduced costs for children or know of a local support group.
Thanks for your reply AJ. I contacted the school when we first split up to see if they have anything in place, but they don’t. I spoke with their teachers to keep an eye out for changes in behaviour, but other than that, there’s nothing.
I also spoke with our GP and the only support they can offer is through the local CAMHS service, which isn’t appropriate at this stage (hopefully never!).
I think I may have had a look at the Relate website a while ago but I’ll check it out again.
It really seems to be a postcode lottery as to what is out there to help children sadly.