Counselling and Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Young People’s Counselling
AVENUE is the leading provider of Mediation, Counselling
and Child Contact in Northeast Scotland. We work
with everyone from children to grandparents and can
support you and your family through times of change,
difficulties and transition. This book is a brief introduction
to all the services we offer.
Asking for help can change your life. It only takes a short
phone call or email, visit www.avenue-info.com.
We hope to hear from you soon.
when we feel stuck, talking can help us move on
Strong relationships make us stronger, so when they are under
stress, we often feel confused, sad and alone. Perhaps your
relationship is getting you down and you don’t know how to
make it better. Or maybe you want to separate but are finding it
too difficult or painful.
Our practitioners have additional specialist training in
Relationship Counselling. They have worked with hundreds of
individuals and couples to resolve issues including …
If you’re trying to save your relationship or move on, we can help
you to explore your feelings, express your concerns and find the
best way forward.
asking for help is courageous and empowering
Endings can be very painful. Separation requires adjustment
and can leave us feeling afraid and alone. Even those relieved to
end a relationship can underestimate the sense of loss. It is also
common to experience opposing emotions, from relief to sadness
or happiness to anger. This is a natural part of the process.
However, sometimes we get stuck in hurtful thoughts and feelings
and don’t know how to move on.
Anger and hurt are normal but left unchecked, can influence our
happiness. If you are …
feeling sad, exhausted or depressed
finding it hard to let go of anger, blame or resentment
feeling stressed or have anxiety about your future
Our practitioners can help. They have additional, specialist
training in relationship issues and can help you find the best way
counselling can help us feel less alone
Living in the 21st Century has its challenges. Difficult situations
can leave us feeling overwhelmed, afraid and unhappy. You
may be feeling isolated, have experienced loss or have concerns
about your health and future.
Our Counsellors are specially trained to listen with empathy and
help you express your thoughts and feelings. Their experience
changing our thinking can change our future
You may be feeling down, are experiencing anxiety or have other
concerns about your health and future. Exploring your past may
be too frightening or take too long to be an option.
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), you can focus on the
present and consider how thoughts and interpretations are
affecting your life.
Counselling can help you to improve your relationship with
yourself so you can to feel better, relate better and live better.
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Identifying thoughts and bringing them into the open, can change
the way we feel and resolve issues including ….
anger, anxiety, panic disorder
depression, low self esteem
obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It only takes a short phone call or drop us an email to find out
more about how we can help.
Our CBT Therapist can help you recognise and challenge thinking
patterns that are holding you back.
controlling our anger makes us stronger
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. However, it can be a problem
if you find it difficult to keep under control. Everyone has their
own triggers that make them angry. Anger becomes a problem
when it harms you or the people around you. This can happen
you regularly express anger through destructive behaviour
your anger is negatively impacting your health
anger becomes your go-to emotion
you haven’t developed healthy ways to express your anger
Learning healthy ways to express anger is important for our
health and our relationships. We can help by offering ...
asking for help is courageous
Many of us experience sexual difficulty at some point in our
lives. But help is available. Psychosexual Therapy has been
around for over 40 years and is proven to be successful. Medical
professionals regularly refer their patients to us.
For some, the problem resolves itself in time; others may need
Talking about your sexual relationship may seem a little strange
at first, but our Psychosexual Therapists are specially trained to
help with a range of health concerns including ....
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you manage your
problems by changing the way you think and behave
loss of desire
Counselling to help you explore the cause of your anger and how
to manage it
Call us to find out more
If you are single or in a relationship and want to know more,
email or call ...
the first step is acknowledgement, the second is
asking for help
Many things can become addictive, including sex and love.
Addiction is much more than a bad habit. When we are addicted,
controlling what we’re doing is an ongoing challenge.
Our specially trained Therapists will help you identify and change
the painful behaviours that are harming your life, including ….
Do you feel powerless and out of control?
Is your sexual behaviour causing you or others harm?
Are your relationships suffering?
Are you tormented by compulsive sexual thoughts?
Do you feel shame or self-loathing?
Is your life becoming unmanageable?
guilt and shame
If you’re feeling concerned, email or call ....
What Our Clients Say
The counselling helped
much more than I had even
expected. Very glad we
were able to get this support.
Pretty life changing.
This has helped us put our
children first again.
Strengthened the bond
between myself and my
Contact Centre Client
I really enjoyed this session.
It was much more helpful
than I had expected. We’re
going to attend mediation...
to sort things out properly.
The counselling service was a great help to be able to speak
openly about the problems and to get everything out in the
open, lifting a great weight off my shoulders
Mediation Helps You Focus On What Matters
Separation and divorce are difficult for most families. Usually
there’s a lot to sort out at the time of separation, or even years
later. You may be worried about living arrangements, parenting
apart or making arrangements for your children.
parents who work together have happier children
We know how difficult family breakdown and living in
separate homes can be. Our one-off Parenting Apart Groups
can help you to:
Many grandparents are also affected by family breakdown.
Mediation can benefit all family members.
Our Family Mediators help families to resolve issues
understand what you and your children are going through
help your children cope
work together as parents
plan for the future
arrangements for children & contact schedules
communication and parenting apart
grandparents and stepfamilies
Our aim is to help improve communication, reduce conflict and
agree on practical, workable arrangements for all the family.
You and your ex-partner attend a different 3 hour group. Sessions
are free and run at various dates and times.
A Parenting Apart Information Session is an opportunity for
you to find out how you and your children can move forward
The facilitators are experienced family support professionals
who will explain what your children need from you and their
children want to keep in touch with both parents
AVENUE Child Contact Centres are welcoming places where
separated children, parents and families can enjoy time together.
Our Centres are open across Northeast Scotland on weekends
and at other times by arrangement ….
mediation helps you focus on what really matters
Families fall out! Power struggles, arguments and tension
are common. When we feel misunderstood and unable to
communicate, emotional tensions and stress can increase
beyond our control.
Parents and teenagers also find themselves in conflict and many
feel powerless. Whether you’re an adult or teen, we can help
you find mutual ground.
Mediation gives everyone a voice. Our Specialist Practitioners can
help you to see things from each other’s perspective. Mediation
The centres can be used for contact or to pick up or drop off
children. Contact can either be supported or supervised.
Trained staff provide toys and play materials and ensure children
can relax and have fun.
discussion and understanding
negotiation and compromise
We ask you to attend a pre-contact visit with a Family Support
Worker to clarify expectations.
Our main aim is to help you and your family achieve positive,
secure relationships, improve well-being and resolve conflict.
young people tell us they don’t want to be stuck in
After parents separate, young people can find it hard to
communicate with them. Afraid of split loyalties and causing
further conflict, they learn to tell parents what parents want to
hear. Consulting Children gives them an independent voice. We
help them to .…
If you’re a young person, talking about your family to someone
you don’t know can feel awkward. This is understandable, but
our Family Mediators will help you. You will ….
Feeling heard and listened to, will help all of your family manage
change and move forward with confidence.
share their views
talk about change
be given time to consider what you want to say
not be quizzed or asked inappropriate questions
choose whether you wish to share your views
Young People’s Counselling
talking about your problems can make things easier
In today’s society young people are faced with many difficult
situations. Family separation, peer pressure and lifestyle issues
are common and can lead to social, emotional and behavioural
If you’re a parent, Counselling can offer children and young
people the opportunity to share their problems and be heard
compassionately. Talking can help them to release their feelings,
manage anxieties and live a happier life.
If you’re a child or young person, you might feel nervous about
talking to someone you don’t know. This is perfectly normal and
we understand how hard it can be.
But when things are bothering you, it’s often easier to talk with
someone outside your family. No-one will know what you’ve
discussed unless you decide to tell them.
Counselling helps young people to better understand their
situation, cope with their emotions and make positive choices
for the future.
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children and families heal faster when working together
Children are sensitive to the world around them, but they don’t
have the language to describe their feelings. When something
is wrong, they often act out their unhappiness. It’s difficult for
parents to interpret and manage children’s behaviour, causing
worry and distress for everyone.
Our Play Therapy Service helps children from 5 - 10 years who
are experiencing ...
Art therapy uses creative techniques such as drawing, painting,
collage, colouring and sculpting to help people express
themselves. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic
tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be
confusing and distressing.
Some people find this kind of therapy really helpful because
it provides a way to convey painful feelings and experiences
without talking about them.
You don’t need to be an artist or even be able to draw. We ...
give you a safe place with someone who won’t judge
anxiety and depression
bereavement or loss
help you make sense of things and understand yourself more
anger or tantrums
help you resolve or manage complicated feelings
help you express yourself without using words
Toys are like the child’s words and play is their language. Through
play, children can express their feelings and learn new skills.
Art therapy offers children and young people from 10 years and
adults an alternative to counselling or psychotherapy.
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