Anger Management

Orchard House Family Services offer anger and conflict management programmes to any parent experiencing problems with anger. Our team of psychologists and specialist workers provide a course of six group sessions based upon cognitive behavioural principles, an approach that has been shown to be effective in reducing anger.

We cover:

To make a referral or to discuss this further, please contact Jon Parish, Psychologist & Admissions Manager, on 01823 351785.

Addressing domestic violence

To protect children, we offer courses for both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as work directly with the children who are exposed to violence in the home.

To discuss a family in which domestic violence is a concern, please contact Nancy Sullivan on 01823 351785.

Therapy for parents

Our team of clinical psychologists have extensive experience of working with parents who have emotional or psychological difficulties. We are able to offer a range of psychotherapies, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing; an evidence based, effective intervention for trauma symptoms).

We accept referrals for parents with:

Psychological Therapy and Interventions

Many parents have difficulties with caring for a child because of their own histories, or early trauma, although they do not have a mental illness. As a result of this, NHS services are generally unable to treat them, despite the impact of their difficulties on their child and despite their clear emotional, behavioural, psychological and social problems. We are able to take referrals for short, medium and long term work with these parents, resolving early trauma, developing alternative coping strategies, and promoting emotional and psychological development.

Where there is parental conflict that is affecting a child, or the care of a child, we are able to offer an effective, short-term couple's therapy, EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy).

To discuss a referral or for more information, please contact Dr Grace Tantam on 01823 351785.

Therapy for children

Our team of specialist psychologists see children with a range of difficulties. This includes children who are home with their families, children who are currently being assessed either by Orchard House or by the local authority, or children who are placed in foster care or have been adopted.

To make a referral or for more information about our services for children, please contact Dr Grace Tantam on 01823 351785.

We are able to help with:

All interventions and support are evidence based and in accordance with the best practice guidelines. We work with children directly, but interventions will often involve the family and sometime the child's school as well. We are able to give guidance to teachers and other professionals about how to help children manage and to help them build coping and resilience.

Psychological Therapy and Interventions

Parent-child attachment therapy

Our specialist team of child psychologists work with parents and children where there has been attachment disruption, either through separation or through trauma. Our work is based upon that of Dan Hughes, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and helps parents build secure, reparative, attachment relationships which incorporate an attitude based on playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy.

This work can also be carried out with children who are placed in alternative care, including residential care.