Content and Structure

Our fully comprehensive programmes range from basic Mentoring to Intensive Support Packages, and are always designed in full consultation with the Client.  We can also involve consultation with Social Workers, School. College, or other Professionals where relevant, and agreed with the Young Person.

Each individual programme differs in content and structure, but the core purpose remains the same,  to develop knowledge and skills that enable healing, stable progression, generate motivation and a healthy sense of well-being and self-esteem.  We aim to achieve this by exploring emotions, resolving traumas, teaching coping strategies and practical skills and abilities to enable independence, success and security; such as attending interviews /job hunting/ house hunting/ budgeting /accessing services /time management.  Packages consist of a balanced combination of solution based therapy;  emotional literacy;  therapeutic mentoring; social and life skills training and support.

Each programme is specifically designed around the Young Persons needs and aspirations, regularly reviewed and surveyed, so to be adaptable and responsive to current events, changes and progress in the Clients life.

Intensive to Basic Support Packages

Usually an Intensive Support Package consists of regular one to one sessions lasting 50 or 90 mins, plus additional planned informal activities or outings, designed to reinforce and support the learning taking place in the formal sessions.  The frequency of formal and activity sessions may taper off towards the end of the programme, as the Client becomes able to take more responsibility for targets and goals to be achieved between sessions. (see Example Programme Structure and Content )

A more Basic Mentoring and Support Package therefore might involve less frequent formal sessions (fortnightly or monthly) and less or no extra activity sessions. The more basic the support package the more the expectation is on the Client to carry out agreed tasks, activities and targets independently between sessions.

NOTE: It is important to be clear that although the process contains a certain amount of psychotherapeutic techniques, we are not offering intensive or intrusive psychological analysis. Rather we deliver a holistic balance of solution focused, resolution therapy, mentoring, and life skills training and support.  A majority of the work is delivered through engaging practical exercises and activities designed to enable and empower; providing the understandings, insight and skills to better achieve success and well-being in life.


We work to a strict confidentiality agreement between Mentor and Young Person.   We can also work to a shared confidentiality with Parents, Carers or Social Workers if the Client is in agreement.  This way we can ensure we are all working together with clear communication and in unison to support the Young Person.

We accept self referrals from Young People themselves and third party from professionals / organisations working with Young People.  Please contact us for a referral form or to ask any further questions.

NOTE: All Profits made through Engage are put straight back into the organisations  funds to enable us to provide free low cost support and training for young people and organisations who work with them.

Intensive Support Packages are a combination of solution based therapy; emotional literacy; confidence and self esteem building; social and life skills training, and therapeutic mentoring.

Each programme of support is specifically designed for the Young Persons needs in close consultation with Social Workers, Teachers and any other professionals working with them, and regularly reviewed, so to be adaptable and responsive to the Young Person's progress and needs.

Ordinarily a package would consist of regular 50 to 90 minute clinical sessions, plus additional planned informal activities or outings designed to reinforce and support the work completed in the formal sessions.

Although each programme differs, the core purpose is to develop knowledge and skills that enable healing, stable progression and a healthy sense of well-being. We aim to achieve this by exploring emotional issues, resolving traumas, teaching strategies and practical knowledge, gaining the skills and abilities to enable independence, success and security.

Programmes contain short term, solution focused, therapeutic activities and training. My practices and techniques are all based in published and proven social and positive psychological methods as well as developed and refined over my 20yr career in working with CYP. Most people find them to be highly effective, but they are not a replacement for intensive analytical psychotherapy for a traumatised child.

Pricing: Please see the Engage Pricing Chart for basic pricing structures for single or short term bookings. 
Our aim is to work with and help as many Children and Young People possible, we always endeavour to keep our pricing highly competitive, providing excellent value for money in exchange for highly professional service. We are always more than happy to negotiate a suitable programme that fits with your budget.

Free and Low Cost Slots - We have a limited number of free and low cost concession slots for referrals through Schools and Charitable or Voluntary Organisations. Please get in touch to see if we have any slots currently available.


Example Intensive Programme Structure

Programme usually consist of three phases. Rather than having rigid timescale, each Phase ends as the Young Person achieves a certain level of progress, thus providing the foundation for the following phase. Using regular reviews. feedback and good inter agency communication the program will be responsive and adaptable, allowing a space to process unforeseen events or issues in the Clients life that may occur during the process.

NOTE: Individually designed programmes contain different combination and elements and do not necessarily contain ALL of those listed below. This example is to illustrate some of the areas it is possible to cover with a client. It may contain a greater emphasis on practical activities and support, or, on emotional support and talking sessions, depending on individual needs.

Three Phase Programme

Phases are divided into three general areas with overlap:
1- Looking Back and Letting go - Emotional Understanding, Forgiveness, Release and Resolution 
2- Being in the present - Building Self Image: Establishing new Patterns and Self-beliefs 
3- Looking forwards - Life skills and Strategies for Success and Well- Being.

Phase One -Possible Content

  • Establishing Trust and Ground rules
  • Setting Aims, Targets and Goals
  • Identifying boundaries, limitations and unreal expectations
  • Exploring Hopes and Fears
  • Building Emotional Vocabulary - Its OK to feel
  • Overview of history -Identifying key traumas and original sensitising events
  • Breaking Trances and Stopping Transference - Leaving the past behind
  • Releasing Blame and Forgiving Self and Others
  • Managing Relationships - Formal, Acquaintances, Families, Friends and Lovers
  • Sex and Sexuality - Feeling OK about who I am
  • Resolving Guilt and Shame 
  • Allowing Self- Love and Acceptance

Phase Two

  • Increasing Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Establishing healthy routines, habits and thought patterns
  • Identifying Negative thought Patterns and Beliefs
  • Examining Self-defeating behaviours
  • Releasing Anger and Rage and channeling it positively
  • Managing Fear and Anxiety
  • Learning about Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Physical Self Care.
  • Accepting and Being “Good Enough”
  • Building a positive Self Image.

Phase Three

  • Building a vision for the future
  • Life skills and strategies for success
  • Setting goals for the future
  • Establishing positive interests and hobbies
  • Anchoring healthy thought patterns, self-beliefs and self-love
  • Establishing routines for school, work and career
  • Feeling safe, being safe and keeping safe
  • Learning from failure - reframing and turning it round
  • Managing the home - Budgeting, Health, Hygiene and Maintenance
  • Accessing Services - How, Who and When?
  • Endings and Beginnings - Letting go and moving on

NOTE: Although the process entire contains embedded psychotherapeutic techniques, it is important to be clear that it does not involve intensive or intrusive psychoanalysis. Rather it is a holistic mix of solution focused, client centred, resolution therapy, mentoring, and life skills training and support. A majority of the work is delivered through engaging practical exercises and activities designed to enable and empower. Providing Clients with the understanding, insight, skills and tools to better maintain mental and emotional stability and achieve a more successful future.


Packages Breakdown

Intensive and Wrap around Therapeutic Mentoring Packages

We have a number of free and reduced rate spaces.  Please get in touch to discuss your

individual needs!


Each programme will be created specifically for the young person, including parents and professionals in the process as applicable.  They will vary in intensity and regularity as agreed. Therapeutic Support Programmes may include aspects of the following... 


Formal Therapeutic Mentoring Sessions (60 mins)

Face to face counselling, exploration of issues and therapeutic strategies

Note: Formal sessions are always conducted in a fixed setting therefore own transportation should be considered.


Extended Therapeutic Mentoring Sessions (90 mins)

Include face to face counselling and a regular therapeutic activity designed to increase abilities in agreed areas (eg social confidence, physical exertion, co-operation).  Will include pick up and drop off. 

Informal Structured Activity Sessions (60-90 mins)

60min regular informal activity

Can include training, education search, applications or job search and interview support etc


Informal Activity Support  

Support to attend meetings, interviews, pick up, drop off etc


 There are a limited number of free and reduced rates slots available.  

  • Children & Young People, Adult, Carer and Professional Training Seminars / Workshops ( In Person or Online Training available)

    Up to 4hr training sessions for up to 20 participants: including planning, delivery, travel (up to 40 miles round trip from BA1), resources, support materials and certificates.