Circles of Support

Circles of Support is a counselling service for children and  young people aged eight to 15 years and their families. The service aims to strengthen family relationships and improve family members’ wellbeing.

The service is:

Child and young person-centred

Circles of Support assists children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional, or behavioural difficulties.

Family-focused

Circles of Support recognises that issues that are affecting one family member may be negatively impacting on others in the family too. The service caters for family members, if need be, and can help families to connect to a range of support services to suit their individual needs.

Strengths-based

Circles of Support helps families identify things that they are not happy with and would like to change. Counsellors support people to use strengths, both within themselves and in others, as well as their environment to make positive changes in their lives.

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

  • Family communication problems such as constant arguing
  • Challenges around step parenting or second marriages
  • Trauma associated with family violence or abuse
  • School social problems such as bullying
  • Behaviour problems at home and school
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression

Circles of Support can be delivered by outreach or in counselling rooms at locations in Turner, Woden, Lanyon and Kippax

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 Jeroen Splinter on:

Phone: 02 6175 9952
Email: jeroen.splinter@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.