The PLACE young peoples company has a range of highly trained staff and external associates who are able to offer a wide range of specialist, consultation/training and therapeutic services. Our team has a wealth of experience and therapeutic training and qualifications in many areas of children’s mental health, attachment issues and complex behavioural difficulties. We are championing the use of DDP approaches within residential care and education settings.
Mandy Wright, PG Dip Counselling, MBACP Accred - Therapeutic Associate
Mandy is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, having specialised in supporting children and young people for over 15 years in education and community settings. Mandy has developed a specific interest in supporting children looked after since working in an educational setting for young people excluded from mainstream education.
Mandy has trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including: MST, CBT, SFBT and is currently undergoing Family Therapy Training.
Mandy has worked in various Multi-agency teams providing support for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This involved working systemically alongside Families, Schools, CAMHS, Social Care and Charities, improving outcomes for children and young people. Supervising support staff and school staff, providing consultations and plans of interventions, providing crisis intervention for children and young people at risk of harm.
Mandy is a systemic practitioner who believes that the support systems surrounding a young person are key for attachment and healing after trauma and loss. Mandy has developed her knowledge and experience in diverse areas as a counsellor including, MST for Anti-Social behaviour, HMYOI working to understand and overcome difficulties with drugs and alcohol, providing group work for separated families, Forces families and Bereaved families. Mandy works with us providing direct work for young people, support to staff, training and consultation as well as family support and counselling as required.
Martin Biddle, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist; - Psychotherapist
Registered Member MBACP, BA (Hons.), PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc. Martin is a qualified integrative psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP, having trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Martin is a registered member of the BACP in addition to working at The Place, Martin teaches and works as a specialist counsellor for the NHS. Martin has been involved with counselling and psychotherapy for young people in schools, at a university, in private practice and at specialist services. Martin has also taught teenagers in an alternative provision who were excluded from mainstream education. Martin’s belief is that extra support may be needed at any time in life, but young people often need space and time to adjust to the mental impact of particular physical and emotional changes and to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Anxiety, peer-pressure, depression, sexuality, drink, drugs, stress and bereavement are among the areas Martin has explored with young people.
Members of our specialist services team are able to offer a range of training, consultation, assessments and therapeutic interventions around children's mental health, emotional, social and behavioural needs.
Looked after children
We have extensive experience working with children who are looked after and have experienced trauma, loss and separation. Our therapeutic team are able to provide consultations to residential homes and other professionals to enable staff to understand the emotional needs of a young person and create a plan and suggested interventions to help support the young persons needs. We are also able to support staff members working with traumatised young people to reflect on their own responses and management of their own emotional health needs to ensure best practice around young people.
Residential Care/ Foster Care
We can work with young people and their carers/families to support transitions. This may be to support transitions from Residential care to foster care or to family settings.
We can offer training and support to Foster carer's/adoptive parents or birth parents to ensure that there is a shared understanding about the impact of trauma and attachment, utilising the DDP model to ensure that they have the knowledge understanding and tools to be able to parent appropriately.
Adoption Support Service
Adoption Support is a way of giving children and young people positive experiences and short breaks. This also supports parents to understand and manage their children’s and young people’s behaviours/feelings.