Circles of Support

Circles of Support is a counselling service providing therapeutic support, information and psycho education for children and young people aged five to 15 years, and their families. This service aims to strengthen family relationships and improve wellbeing.

The service is:

Child and young person-centred

Circles of Support provides support to children and young people who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioural difficulties that are affecting their well-being and relationships with others around them.

Family-focused

Circles of Support recognises the importance of family and attachment relationships in shaping the lives of children and young people. We understand that what is happening for one family member may affect others.  Circles of Support can provide therapeutic support to some or all family members, as appropriate, or can help families connect with other support services if counselling is not the most appropriate service.

Strengths-based

Circles of Support helps families and individuals draw on their individual and collective strengths to work towards positive changes. The program acknowledges that past experiences affect the present and staff are trained in and experienced with working with families or individuals that have experienced trauma.

Some of the issues that Circles of Support can help address include:

  • Challenges around parenting (including step parenting/new partnerships)
  • Family communication and conflict
  • Trauma associated with family violence or abuse
  • Social and emotional challenges
  • Behavioural concerns at home or school
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression

Circles of Support can be delivered by outreach or in counselling rooms in Tuggeranong, Civic and locations across Canberra, or the child/young person can be seen at school.

Circles of Support is a free service funded through the ACT Government, Community Services Directorate, Child, Youth and Family Services Program.

Referrals

To refer children, young people and families, please contact Circles of Support on:

Phone: 02 6175 9952
Email: circlesofsupport@ywca-canberra.org.au

Useful resources

Separated or separating families looking for support services can visit the Family Law Pathways Network  for more information on other services available in the ACT and region.