Three principal approaches underpin our work. Individually, these approaches are widely acknowledged and respected but we believe bringing them together is what forms the foundation to sustainable wellbeing for all.
Asset based: We believe that all people and all communities have innate strengths and assets. Connecting with these assets is where every journey starts.
Too often services focus on what is wrong and try to fix it. Evidence shows us that this doesn’t work; it neglects and ignores the strength and skills people going through difficult times already have and it does not lead to sustainable change.
We know we can’t ‘fix’ people, but what we can do is walk alongside people and help where we can on their journey.
Trauma informed: We work to a trauma informed model which means that we believe most forms of emotional distress are rooted in life experiences. We understand how lives can be shaped by traumatic experiences, and how often people’s thoughts, behaviours and feelings can be understandable coping strategies for dealing with life.
To this end, we will always be interested in ‘what has happened to you’ rather that ‘what is wrong with you’. We work with people to find ways to work through trauma and the challenges it can bring.
Healing focussed: All our work focuses on healing, restoration and moving forward. We work with people through the challenges they are experiencing to find ways to manage their wellbeing.
This involves working with people to identify and harness their strengths and abilities in order to achieve sustainable wellbeing and live the life of their choice.
Mental Health and Diagnosis
It can be very frightening if you start to experience emotional distress, unusual or intrusive thoughts, or see and hear things that others can’t see.
Often these feelings or experiences can be perfectly understandable responses to things that have happened to you or are happening to you. With the right support – talking therapies, reading, talking to others who have had the same experience, or even reducing some of the stresses in your life things will improve.
Much of the dialogue around mental health is medicalised and built around the paradigm of psychiatric diagnosis.
There are alternative ways of making sense of what might be happening for you and we believe it is important to share this information so that you are able to make the choices you believe are best for you.
For some, diagnosis and traditional treatment works and for others it doesn’t. We know that having a diagnosis is often required to access other help like housing, welfare benefits and other financial help and to access mental health services and treatment. Whilst we don’t think that this is right, we know it is a reality so we would always advise you to do what you think is necessary to get what you feel you need and will help.
We work to a trauma informed model which means that we believe most forms of emotional distress are rooted in life experiences so we will always be interested in ‘what has happened to you’ rather that ‘what is wrong with you’ and ‘what do you think would help’? We will share different support options with you and help you access whatever you believe will be best for you.
We believe that you are the expert in your own life.