My View - Children's Therapy
My View is a children's therapy service, a safe, confidential place for you to work out how you are feeling about anything in your life. That can be through talking, doing creative work, in your own sessions or in group activities. See below for referral and contact details.
About My View
My View is a therapeutic service for separated children – children who are in the UK without their families and who are refugees or who are seeking asylum.
The service enables us to run both therapy and psycho-educational groups for separated children. Our Children's Section has been advising unaccompanied children since 1994, though previously we have only had funding to offer therapeutic services to adults.
In 2017, 2206 unaccompanied children arrived in the UK to claim asylum. These children have been separated from their families and arrive in the UK alone, bewildered and frightened.
Separated children are often at real risk from suffering from poor mental health and post-traumatic stress due both to their experiences in their home countries and the arduous and dangerous journey they are forced to take in order to reach safety.
Many of the children we work with have witnessed the death of family members or been abused themselves.
Started in June 2015, My View offers therapy to separated children, trains professionals who work with children and secures access to external agencies for specialist interventions.
"I liked the opportunity to get to know other young people more and I've made friends now. I learned to stay strong."
Read the blogs written by Sarah Temple-Smith, one of our My View therapists:
- Boats, cable cars and three legged races!
- Drama group visit to a climbing wall
- Christmas with the drama group
- Psycho-Educational film workshop where the young people made a film about their lives
- Outreach group counselling session
- A drama therapy group session
Also check out Sarah talking to acclaimed poet Vanessa Kisuule about the challenges face by unaccompanied children here...
Read the Guardian article on how Desta left Eritrea at four and endured years of cruel treatment in her journey to the UK and how Refugee Council’s My View project has helped her turn her life around. Read the article ....
Training: As part of our commitment to sharing best practice in our work, the My View psychotherapists give regular trainings and workshops for other professionals working with separated children refugees. More information ...
You can call us on 020 7346 1134 (we can call you back if you would like). You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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