Who we help

Our multidisciplinary team is equipped to support children, young people, families, couples and adults from all backgrounds and experiences.

Patient information

During 2021/22:
psychotherapy clients supported
clinical sessions provided
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Social Services or Adoption Support Fund commissions

Client stories

The work we deliver helps children, families, and individuals overcome complex issues. Here are the stories of just a few of the people we have worked with. We have changed names and removed any identifiers to uphold confidentiality and protect identities.

Happy little girl
A child’s story

After experiencing the separation of her family and losing contact with her father, Millie became increasingly angry at home and at school. She experienced bullying and her behaviour had become unmanageable. Without specialist intervention, the likely outcome would have been to exclude Millie from school.

Millie began weekly specialist psychotherapy sessions to help her better manage her emotions. Six months on, her confidence had increased significantly; she was more comfortable and skilled at managing her emotions and became more resilient. Millie was less angry at home, more open in class, became more creative in her learning and enjoyed the experience of school much more.

Young Asian man working on laptop
A young person’s story

Joe experienced a range of major health issues as a young child and frequently had to miss school. His grandfather, who he was very close to, died when Joe was eight, and his best friend moved away to live in another country when Joe was 10. He found the transition to secondary school difficult and struggled to make friends, and became increasingly anxious and isolated.

Through weekly therapy Joe began to make links between how he feels now and some of the things that had happened to him in his life. Joe became able to talk about his fears about life and death, especially his fear that anyone he is close to will leave him. He became more able to start to make friends and also to talk more openly to his parents about his worries in general. After a year of weekly therapy Joe felt ready to stop.

Young man looking confident
An adult’s story

David grew up with an alcoholic, sometimes violent father, and a mother struggling with depression. As an adult, he developed patterns of unstable jobs and unsuitable relationships, and felt empty and doubtful. While usually seeming cheerful he often felt hopeless.

In therapy, David began to understand the roots of his issues, and unpick his depression and feelings of finding life meaningless. He saw his childhood coping mechanism of detatching from feelings, once protective, was hindering his growth and disconnecting him from meaningful emotional experiences.

After 18 months of therapy, David’s life still had challenges, but he felt hopeful and more trusting in his decisions. He achieved stability in his career, and began a promising relationship with someone he had known for many years.

What our clients say about our work

A parent’s perspective

“The Bridge Psychotherapy Service helped our family at one of our most vulnerable periods; supporting my daughter to continue her fight to overcome her life-threatening eating disorder. What I have seen since her Bridge journey is the emergence of a young woman who has more emotional wisdom than someone my age, who – when things are tough, and old, destructive patterns loom – has this big toolbox of understanding that empowers her to deal with her mental health challenges. I am incredibly proud of her.”

An adult’s perspective

“During the sessions I had the opportunity to focus on myself for the first time in my adult life. Nearly every session brought out pain, which I was keeping in me for a long long time. I was able to speak to the therapist about everything. Even secrets I have never been able to speak to anyone before. My journey made me understand the real reasons for my behaviours. Understanding myself better led to better relations with my family. I became happier, more patient and stronger. I am thankful for the help.”

Need help?

If you need emergency support right now or feel a crisis building please speak to your GP or phone the NHS crisis lines. You can find more resources to help here.

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