Therapy

Our therapy helps our young people address past traumas, manage their emotional and psychological difficulties and regulate their behaviour so they can enjoy a brighter future.

Our therapeutic inputs have evolved over 20 years and consist of individual and group work conducted by our highly qualified psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists.

We use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) to help young people examine their past experiences of victimisation and their own abusive behaviour. By bringing together thoughts, feelings and behaviour we believe we can unlock insights that help to break the cycle associated with sexual abuse.

Through our therapy, we aim to help young people:

  • Acknowledge and come to terms with their abusive experiences
  • Work through their difficulties and reduce their inappropriate behaviour so they can discover the real person within
  • Build resilience and maximise their chances of leading responsible adult lives
  • Recover and maintain healthy relationships with appropriate family members.


> Assessment

Most young people placed with us have experienced early life trauma, which may have contributed to their sexualised behaviour. As the first step in rehabilitation, we carry out assessments using psychometric techniques to establish the intervention they require. The findings are then used to develop a personal therapeutic plan, which addresses their particular emotional, psychological and behavioural needs at different stages of treatment. We back this up by allocating each young person an Individual Worker who provides one-to-one support during treatment.

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‘SWAAY’s therapeutic sessions have made him aware of both appropriate and inappropriate feelings and how to keep himself and others safe.’

Referring social worker


Consultant Clinicians

Our therapeutic programmes are supported and endorsed by a team of distinguished consultant psychiatrists and psychologists.

The SWAAY therapy team works alongside some of the UK’s leading consultant psychiatrists and psychologists, who actively support what we do, oversee our programmes and work directly with some of our young people. Read their profiles here.

  • Dr Arnon Bentovim

    Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

    MB.BS, FRC Psych, DPMB
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  • Richard Beckett

    Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

    B.Sc. Dip.Clin Psychol. AFBPs.S (Hon) Lecturer University of Birmingham Chartered Psychologist and Scientist
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