Welcome to Bridge the Gap, where we're dedicated to providing a safe, friendly, and non-judgmental space for children and young adults. Our approach revolves around Emotional Literacy Support, recognising its pivotal role in nurturing emotional well-being. Here's a glimpse into what makes our support special:
Understanding Emotions: Our Emotional Literacy Support empowers children to understand and label their feelings accurately, a fundamental step towards emotional well-being and self-awareness.
Expressing Emotions: We create a secure and non-judgmental environment for children to freely express their feelings, thoughts, and experiences, addressing potential struggles in effective emotional expression.
Developing Emotional Skills: Guided sessions focus on building essential emotional skills like self-regulation, empathy, resilience, and problem-solving, fostering the ability to navigate challenges and build positive relationships.
Enhancing Communication: Emotional Literacy Support improves communication skills, teaching children to express emotions appropriately, encouraging active listening, and fostering better relationships.
Managing Stress and Anxiety: Equipping children with tools and strategies to manage stress and anxiety, we incorporate coping mechanisms, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness practices.
Building Emotional Intelligence: Our support aids in developing emotional intelligence, enhancing self-esteem, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills.
Promoting Mental Health: By nurturing emotional literacy, we promote positive mental health, addressing challenges, fostering resilience, and encouraging open discussions about well-being.
Long-Term Outcomes: Emotional literacy support is an investment in a child's long-term emotional development, providing a solid foundation to navigate challenges and maintain positive mental health.
At Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health C.I.C., our dedicated practitioners are trained to provide effective emotional literacy support. Whether your child needs proactive sessions to build resilience or reactive support during challenging times, we're adaptable to meet children's individual needs.
How do I know if my child needs 1-2-1 sessions?
Sessions can be either 'proactive'—building resilience and emotional intelligence—or 'reactive'—offering support during challenging times.
'Proactive' Sessions: Invest in a course of proactive emotional literacy education (six or twelve sessions) to impact your child's ability to manage emotional highs and lows, preventing crisis points.
'Reactive' Sessions: Seek support for challenges like low-level anxiety, transitions, low self-esteem, growth mindset, or sleep troubles. While not a crisis response, we provide proactive support and early interventions.
What are One-to-One (1-2-1) Sessions?
Our One-to-One sessions offer a warm, welcoming space for children to feel safe, seen, soothed, and heard. Differentiating from therapy, we focus on emotional literacy support and guided self-help.
Tailored Support: Our practitioners support children based on individual presentations, ensuring a personalized approach to meet unique needs.
Types of Support: Choose from Emotional Literacy sessions, Play Therapy, Counselling, EMDR Therapy, ACT-informed sessions, or Parent Support, based on your child's requirements.
How it works:
Speak with your child's school to see if they currently fund Bridge the Gap support in school.
A telephone assessment guides us in recommending the right support pathway.
Sessions commence based on the chosen pathway, either with you or the school.
Access our full empowerment online learning for parents, deducting the cost from your assessment call. Understand and facilitate your child's growth at home.
Outcome Expectations: Recognise that outcomes may vary based on each child's starting point, progress rates, and the complex interplay of factors. Celebrate progress and resilience, viewing emotional literacy support as a foundation for long-term development.
Child Wellbeing Practitioners: Our practitioners hold core qualifications, working within the children and young person's workforce. Offering 1:1 support, they make a positive impact on children's lives through a unique role. They receive regular high quality training.
Community Mental Health Practitioners: Holding protected professional titles, they provide 1:1 support for children struggling with emotions or low self-esteem. Confident in risk assessment, they ensure safety and support.
Bridge the Gap is here to support your child's emotional growth, providing personalised, compassionate, and effective care. Don't hesitate to reach out—we're ready to listen and help.
All of our practitioners receive regular, appropriate supervision.