We support these young people by approaching, and being with them, in a person centred way. By putting these young people first, seeing their world through their perspective, we can understand, share experiences, encourage and facilitate necessary emotional change in a way that is understood by these young people.
Much of our work is based around Carl Rogers Core Condition, Empathy, Congruence and Unconditional Positive Regard.
When we empathise we see and try to experience, with all the feelings, the other persons view of life. We can then respond more emotionally supportively to that person.
When we are congruent we are honest with ourselves and others. This does not mean just saying what we think but rather acting in a very genuine way.
Unconditional Positive Regard
When we offer Unconditional Positive Regard we refrain from judging others or providing conditions of worth. We offer instead acceptance of the person as being valid and important despite any differences we have from them.
Sensing Friends both provides the core conditions and models them for the young service users we support.
Safe Enriching Space
The emotional support we offer is run by experienced trained counsellors, social workers, horticultural therapists, creative art play workers and musicians who elicit enriching external resources and expertise, such as the use of nature, music and creative arts.
Most of this warm support is provided in a natural eco-therapeutic environment, within a calm, safe countryside woodland setting. We provide advice, peer group support and one to one support for young people dealing with these emotional issues.