Following an assessment that will identify your needs you will have access to the following interventions – you can click on each one below to find out more.
Continuing 1-1 support
Throughout your time with us you will have access to ongoing 1-1 support. This is your time to discuss any problems or issues and to keep on top of future planning and looking for ways forward.
We understand that (especially at the beginning of your time with us) you may have many needs and things to discuss and we will make ourselves available as much as we possibly can.
Counselling is a term that covers a wide range of ‘talking therapies’. They are delivered by practitioners who work with people over short or long term to help you to bring about effective change or to enhance wellbeing. People may choose to enter counselling when they are experiencing particular difficulties in their lives or to explore traumatic events from the past that may impact the ‘here and now’. Iceni provides a range of approaches to meet the different and changing needs of our clients. Our team will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail during your time with us.
Systemic Family therapy
This is a therapy which takes account of the client, their immediate and wider family as well as the community in which they live. By working as a family you will have the opportunity to explore how your family functions, why things may go wrong, and particularly uncover the strengths you have to be able to develop healthier and more cohesive relationships in the future.
Let’s face it, relationships can be challenging! Couples therapy is a way of exploring conflicts and problems that you have been unable to manage on your own. The counsellor will help you to gain a better understanding of your own and your partner’s perspective and help to make the necessary changes for more harmonious and happier relationships within the household. In some cases couples work can be affective in managing break-ups in relationships especially when there is an impact on children and arranging a timetable for access is difficult.
There is lots of evidence to suggest, in some circumstances, that by changing the way that you think, will subsequently change the way you feel. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a structured therapy that will help you to uncover belief systems and thoughts that may be unhelpful. CBT can be helpful with specific issues such as OCD, anxiety disorders and depression.
Acupuncture and other complementary therapies
Following a health and wellbeing assessment Iceni offer complementary therapies as part of a holistic approach to addiction and dependency.
Acupuncture is a therapy of Traditional Oriental Medicine. The treatment involves ‘hair fine needles’ being inserted to certain locations of the body to stimulate the body’s self -healing and release of blocked Qi.
Acupuncture is used within addiction to help support the client with cravings and side effects of withdrawal. It supports anxiety, stress, sleep, eating disorders and pain management which we can all benefit from.
It is a useful tool to help with relaxation and enables the client to manage their lives emotionally and physically and to become focused on life’s needs. It also helps them to build relationships and trust and also used to prepare clients for treatment.
Please talk with us about other therapies we have on offer at Iceni from time to time including Reiki, Shiatsu, reflexology, head massage, facial massage and the renowned Alexander Technique.
Health and nutrition advice as well as stress management
Prior to any treatments being offered, our complementary therapist will undertake an assessment with you and help to identify any ongoing health needs. You will be offered support and advice that may include complementary therapies and general advice regarding nutrition and other things related to lifestyle and wellbeing.
This process can identify stress as an underlying cause of ill health and we will help you to look at ways to manage stress in a more productive and healthy way, improving your effectiveness and management of what maybe a challenging time in your life.
Triple P (positive parenting programme)
The positive parenting programme is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programme in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of research. It provides parents with simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage challenging behaviour, and to prevent problems developing in the future. The programme aims to support you in building strong, healthy family relationships in all kinds of family structures.
It is recognised that women can move from one abusive relationship to another. The 12 week course will help to identify behaviours and belief systems held by men who have been abusive, focussing on the impact this may have on both women and children involved. Through self awareness the Freedom Programme is designed to improve self esteem and provide the confidence necessary to manage both physically and emotionally abusive relationships.
Caring dads programme
Caring dads is a 17 week course for Dads, with the aim of building better relationships with children and co parents. It is designed for fathers that are at risk of being, or have been domestically violent or abusive. Caring dads not only helps men recognise the effects of domestic abuse on their children but also provides them with positive and concrete ways to become a more responsible parent. The curriculum provides powerful incentives for men to recognise, without being lectured or shamed.
It’s no secret that having a low opinion of your self can have a dramatic effect on your life, especially within relationships with partners and friends and in your role as a parent. Our self esteem workshops will help you to look at self esteem and confidence from your own perspective and help you to understand the impact it has on your confidence as a person. The group will cover such questions as ; What is self esteem? How do I develop it? How do I keep it? Can I learn to be compassionate towards myself? And so on. We hope that by attending the workshop that you will begin to learn that despite what may have happened, YOU ARE OK and deserve the best from life!
Unhealthy anger can lead us into all kinds of difficult places. This could include violence, criminality, domestic abuse, the breakdown of families and friendships as well as child protection issues. This can coincide with ill health, poor mental health which includes depression and self harm. Our anger awareness workshops will help you to understand your triggers and separate how you feel from what you may do. We hope that through awareness you will be able to choose how you respond to your anger. We understand that violence is not a lifestyle choice!
Literacy and numeracy
Our experience tells us that having difficulties with literacy and numeracy can be a sensitive issue to discuss, and have a serious impact on many aspects of life including parenting, further education and employment. We also know that this issue is very common.
We provide literacy and numeracy skills sessions that will assess your levels of needs from the most basic maths and English through to GCSE level. Evidence suggests that improvements or gaining certificates in these areas can improve self esteem and confidence for life.
Sometimes, in order to change your lifestyle you may need to source funding. This maybe as a result of moving house, transport problems (to attend appointments) or returning to work/education. Funding is tricky, however if these issues are stopping you from being able to move on, we will do our best to help you to access sources that may help.
Mediation is used for settling disputes. Unlike couples counselling which is often used to understand problems in a relationship, mediation is useful to help to find ways forward without dwelling on the past. The purpose of mediation is to try and find a win/win scenario for all parties involved and is often the last chance for parties to remain in control of their situation, prior to being involved in the legal system where decisions may be made for you. Mediation can be helpful for arranging access to children and neighbourhood disputes
Support at child protection proceedings
We understand that attending child protection proceedings can be a challenging experience, especially when you may feel judged or criticised. We will do all we can to advise and support you through this process. This may include writing reports and putting you in touch with the right people, and where appropriate, attending meetings and conferences and advocating for you.
We are also partnered with other agencies that may help, including for help within the home, for benefits advice or developing the skills and confidence to return to work or education, including literacy and numeracy. We also continue to develop new services to meet the needs of our clients, and we will offer you opportunities to discuss how you can be involved in suggesting and planning future ideas and services. We really value your input about what works and what doesn’t.