I’m a clinical psychotherapist and I’ve been at DENS for a number of years, offering individual and group therapy for the residents at The Elms hostel. Recently, I’ve been running sessions in the community too, so that more people can benefit from receiving mental health support.
There are different reasons why someone could end up homeless and accessing The Elms. Often, people coming to DENS for support are extremely vulnerable. Many have experienced severe trauma, including abuse, bullying, loss and neglect.
The support we offer really helps build resilience and self-confidence. I provide strategies to manage issues, such as anxiety, as well as supporting with skills required to access and maintain employment. My therapy sessions are tailored to each person and are designed to help break down any barriers to them taking their next positive step.
Sadly, I often see clients with trust issues. As we progress through their journey, I can help rebuild this trust, which encourages clients to consider accessing other services. This could be support groups or networks, or even just visiting their GP, which is a huge step for some people.
Marie attends therapy with me and says:
Therapy has given me the focus, confidence and self-esteem that I needed… It has given me balance.
Counselling has an ongoing positive impact on the mental health of our clients, but DENS can only provide this service if we can raise the necessary funds. Please help us to deliver more counselling sessions to vulnerable people affected by trauma by donating today.
Thank you for helping to rebuild lives,