UP are a children’s mental health charity who work collaboratively with schools to support children and young people with social, emotional, and mental health needs (SEMH).
Our School’s Programme is a multidisciplinary service; led by a Therapy Team Manager based in school who delivers a range of therapeutic interventions and wellbeing activities for children. Our wider team includes child psychotherapists, creative art therapists, occupational and speech and language therapists.
We aim to provide flexible, timely and targeted interventions to improve emotional wellbeing across our school community.
We work closely with children, school staff, parents and caregivers to enable all children in school to feel better understood, reduce anxieties, support with behaviour, improve classroom dynamics and support children’s positive relationship building.
We provide a Speak UP service where children can self-refer to talk to our Therapy Team Manager at a playtime or lunchtime if they have a worry or something they need help with. All children are welcome to make use of this.
The Therapy Team Manager in St Mary’s is Sarah Turner, please talk to your child’s teacher or the school reception if you would like to find out more about our service or arrange to meet Sarah Turner.
Sarah Turner, from Unlocking Potential (UP) is our Therapy Team Manager based here at St Mary’s School. She is a qualified child and adult Intercultural Psychotherapist who works closely with the inclusions team.
Sarah and her team of play-based therapists support the social and emotional well-being of the children within the school community. A range of support is provided from long term 1-1 therapy, short term six-week sessions, fun and engaging workshops and speak up sessions.
Sarah is based at the school three days a week (Monday to Wednesday) and can be contacted via email: [email protected]
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