Under 18s Services & Support

Getting Started With 5 Easy Steps

We can also provide access to services and support for children and young people under 12-18 years old. Two of our Affiliate Therapists and Counsellors, Jackie and Amanda, can provide therapy, counselling and support to children and young people. They both work integratively from a CBT model and incorporate other modalities, for example, solution focused,  person-centred, trauma-focused, attachment, coaching and other approaches  into therapy and counselling. Our therapists and counsellors are supportive, encouraging and can really build a rapport with your child or teenager to help them feel more at ease and comfortable within the therapy setting. You can be assured that your child or teenager is in safe hands and their therapist will work at your child/teenager's pace and tailor therapy, as much as is possible, to how they like to work in therapy. There is no pressure: only support, empathy, understanding, encouragement and patience.

Please note that while we do refer clients onto our highly qualified Affiliate Therapists and Counsellors, they are self-employed, independent practitioners who receive referrals from GADS on a sessional basis. Nevertheless, you can get in touch with us at GADS anytime about your therapist/counsellor, if you have any questions, need more information or wish to see another therapist/counsellor.

Please be assured that our Affiliates are all fully qualified, insured and experienced practitioners who engage with high quality Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and attend regular clinical supervision. All Affiliates are selected using a strict application process (application form, references, competence assessment, evidence of skills/qualifications/experience etc.) and follow our high standards, guidelines, working agreements and confidentiality policies - so you know you are in safe hands! You will receive specific information about the therapist/counsellor who has been allocated to you when you enquire.

Getting started with our services is easy! Follow the steps below or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, need any more information or need to check out something with us.  We are here to help! Even if you are not sure what type of therapy or support you want or need, don't worry - we will discuss this via email or in-person at the Assessment Session.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based approach which has been proven to work effectively in overcoming problems and challenging situations in the here and now and in the past.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, acute stress, PTSD, eating disorders and is very helpful in the treatment of many other problems/conditions. The key basics of CBT therapy are:


  • CBT is a systems approach based on the 5-factor model. This means that you and your therapist explore and talk through your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical sensations and environment/situation and discuss how these influence each other to maintain your concerns and problems. Click 'Read More' below for more information about CBT Therapy.

Integrative Psychotherapy/Therapy

Integrative Therapy draws from various therapeutic approaches, allowing us to tailor therapy to each individual client as much as we can.

Integrative Therapy incorporates elements, ideas and tools from, for instance: general counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred approaches, behavioural activation, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management therapy, mindfulness, schema therapy, compassion focused therapy, transactional analysis, lifestyle coaching and elements of other approaches. The key basics of Integrative Therapy are:

  • There's no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Therapy and counselling must be tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances. Click 'Read More' below for more information about Integrative Therapy


Counselling allows you to discuss problems and difficult feelings in a safe, confidential environment. Generally, counselling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. The basic principles of counselling are:


  • You will be encouraged to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking.
  • The therapist will create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you find ways of coping.
  • Counselling is tailored to you individually to improve your quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.
  • Common concerns, issues and problems that can be addressed. within counselling include: eating disorders; depression; low mood; anxiety; relationship issues; addictions; bereavement; trauma; work-related issues; bullying; and much more. Click 'Read More' below for more information about Counselling.