What We Do
The team at The Cove start by looking for the good reasons why young people are so distressed – why they are thinking, doing and feeling the way they are. The team expects this to be a really complicated set of good reasons, whether it is because of experiences of trauma and adversity, whether there be psychological, biological, social or emotional reasons. Our job is to ask what has happened and try and make sense of what is going on for them. We work with every young person and develop an understanding of how these reasons all fit together.
Then we can:
- Support the young people to bear what they are feeling, to cope with how they are thinking and to make choices about what they do, all based on this better understanding;
- Provide them with resources and strategies to build their resilience, confidence and capabilities in the face of their difficulties and distress;
- Plan with the young people, their families and community services so that they can safely return to the community, better placed to live their lives;
- Everything that The Cove does is in consultation and collaboration with the young people themselves, their families and community based services, based on the understanding we have developed of their needs.