Our Therapeutic Support Service works across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset and provides a wide range of therapeutic workers with specialist skills and experience of working with adopted children and their families.

Therapeutic interventions are informed by an assessment, have clearly defined goals with regular reviews as agreed. Work is evaluated so that progress and effectiveness can be monitored.

The cost of therapy will be determined by the duration, frequency and type of intervention.

Accessing our Services.

Many Therapeutic Services can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund or by the Local Authority where you live.

Alternatively you can self-fund our support services and can purchase therapeutic intervention or additional counselling if required.

Families for Children can guide you through any of these options, please call us today for more details.

The Assessment of Need Process

The following process will be followed to assess for Therapeutic intervention.

Advice Surgeries
An initial consultation is undertaken by two workers, including a therapeutic Social Worker. They will advise on the appropriate next steps including signposting to other services where necessary.

Bespoke multi-disciplinary assessment
This entails a more complex assessment with one of more of our multi-disciplinary team (comprising of a Clinical Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist and a trained Therapeutic Social Worker). The assessment will likely involve the young person, their adoptive parents and a telephone conversation with the young person’s educational setting. However, this assessment will be tailored to the family’s needs based on the information received at the point of referral.

The Therapeutic Plan

A Therapeutic Plan will be created following the assessment, which will be discussed with you in a feedback session. The Therapeutic Plan will be used to guide any recommended therapeutic intervention.


We offer a range of therapies at the Atrium. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – This therapy initially works with parents to help understand their young person within the context of attachment theory and complex developmental trauma. DDP then moves onto inviting the young person into the room and supporting the parents and young person to reconnect using this enhanced understanding.
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • TheraPlay – is modelled on the natural, playful patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Theraplay shows parents how to use play to communicate love and authority and to engage their children in interactions that develop competence, self-esteem and trust. It helps families to develop the responsiveness and structure vital to a child’s development, particularly those whose children have experienced early trauma.
  • Individual therapy – Individual therapy for the young person can involve approaches such as  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Drama Therapy. The type of therapy recommended will be informed by the Therapeutic Plan and the views of the young person.