Adult Support Services

We offer a range of support and therapeutic services for parents and carers

Family Support

Our Acorns Family Support worker can provide a safe space for you to explore how domestic abuse has impacted on you and your family. We can work alongside you to develop a support package that aims to increase your emotional well-being, as well as offering specialist advice and guidance on any practical needs and considerations. Support is provided on a one-to-one basis and sessions can be held either at Acorns or in the local community. Many of the parents and carers who access Acorns benefit from support in the following areas:

  • Emotional support
  • Housing advice, including help with applications and supporting letters
  • Debt advice
  • Support to attend court or legal appointments, including arranging special measures if you have been called to give evidence
  • Support to explore social and support groups within the local or wider community
  • Benefits advice including applications and appeals
  • Appropriate sign-posting and referrals.

Our Family Support Worker runs a weekly drop-in for existing service users on Tuesdays 10am-12pm from our base in North Shields.

Adult Recovery Service (Counselling and Therapy)

We offer one to one personalised therapy from our Acorns base in North Tyneside. We offer an initial assessment and then up to nine 50 minute therapy sessions, before reviewing the work. Further sessions may be considered as required. If assessed as appropriate, some joint working with a parent and child may also be offered. Within the safety of a trusting relationship, therapeutic techniques are used to support and empower parents and carers to process their stories of domestic abuse and facilitate their own healing.

We draw on a range of techniques including:

  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Person Centred Counselling
  • Humanistic Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR Theory
  • Psychoeducation
  • Dyadic Work

Therapy sessions are kept private and confidential unless harm to a child, the client or someone else is disclosed.

Our Adult Recovery Coordinator is fully qualified and manages a team of workers including student counsellors and therapists and qualified volunteers. All of our counsellors and therapists are DBS-checked and adhere to professional standards for ethics, clinical supervision and ongoing training.

(you can find out more about our counselling and therapy placement opportunities, here)

Referral Criteria

We can offer therapy and support to the parents and carers of children already accessing Acorns, or who are on the waiting list to be seen. Please speak to your Acorns worker if you feel you could benefit from these services.