The Alder Centre
Alder Centre Counsellors are specially trained in child bereavement, grief and loss. Counselling is offered to parents or bereaved adults anyone affected by the loss of a child, regardless of the age of the child and no matter where that death occurred. This can be provided on a one-to-one basis, as a couple, family or within a group with other bereaved people. Support is provided for as long as is needed. We offer the same range of support to parents and grandparents affected by the death of an adult child. All of our counsellors are registered members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Counsellors work closely with The Snowdrop Bereavement Team to provide a continuum of care following the death of a child in the hospital or community.
Additional specialist support is offered to the siblings, cousins and friends of a child that has died in a way which helps them to express their feelings and normalise their loss. This can take place within the family unit, with other children, or on a one-to-one basis. If a child or young person is seen on their own, they are given the choice to invite other family members to join them at the end of their session.
We encourage family groups to attend counselling together so that everyone has the chance to talk and to listen to one another. This helps the family to understand how each member is coping, or not coping, with the loss. Individual family members of all ages will sometimes want to talk to a counsellor on their own and we will, of course, support them to do that.
If a child or young person is seen on their own, they are given the choice whether or not to invite other family members to join the session at the end, but the child decides what is talked about, not the counsellor. Children often benefit from fewer sessions than an adult but they may return for further counselling as their understanding develops and their way of grieving changes.
We also provide resources for parents, schools and other professionals, enabling them to support children and young people who have been bereaved.
For information on support for professionals, see here.
For more information on how we work with bereaved children, see here.
**Covid-19 Update Our face to face sessions are now running again, though online/ telephone sessions are also still available, if required** **
Where will I/ we be seen?
Services are free and normally offered face to face at the Alder Centre. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, we now also offer either a telephone or online counselling session.
How do I access the service?
Anyone in need of support can contact us on 0151 252 5391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours are between the hours of 9am and 5pm but you may leave a message
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0151 252 5391
We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).
Our new Alder Centre building is next to the new Sunflower House building, just off Eaton Road. Face to face sessions are now running again, though online/ telephone sessions are also still available, if required.