West Norfolk consultancy service launches to support mental health of children
A new consultancy service has been launched to support children with their mental health in West Norfolk.
Abi Rose Consultancy is based at the West Raynham Business Park and will offer psychoeducation, parenting support, behaviour management support, anger management, mindfulness sessions and cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT] coaching.
The service is run by Abi Chamberlain, 44, who has worked with children in a professional capacity for nearly 25 years, and covers a large part of the county.
She has a background as a social worker and used to work for the NHS’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services [CAMHS].
Mrs Chamberlain said: “I feel I am in a unique position having worked for the NHS and children services, so I want to use my work to say waiting times for people are not acceptable at the moment, and I will do what I can to address this.”
Support can be offered at the family home, in the community, over Zoom online or at the office base where a therapeutic environment and activities are provided.
Mrs Chamberlain said: “A lot of children on the autistic spectrum are really struggling with all the uncertainty going on.
“During the last lockdown, I had to shield my son and could not work at home so I decided to take the plunge myself, mainly because I am so frustrated by the criteria to access support.
“Early intervention is so important and I became so concerned by how high the criteria is. For a family to get support can take forever.
“Even just an hour with a child is such a precious opportunity.”
Mrs Chamberlain has been visiting children in schools during the pandemic, as well as seeing children outdoors.
She is able to visit people’s homes directly in a crisis situation as well.
Mrs Chamberlain added: “I hope that local schools and academies will consider using the consultancy so that my services can be even more accessible to those who are most in need.”
For more information on the service, call 07824 513500 or email email@example.com. There is also a Facebook page which can be found by searching@abiroseconsultancy.