NAOS

“The wound is the place where the light enters you”
Rumi

About

Naos is an intercultural therapy centre. We offer a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques to adults, young people, children, families and groups

Our areas of expertise are working with children and young people, their parents, carers and professionals.

As qualified therapists we offer traditional therapies whilst working intuitively and innovatively to offer alternative methods which challenge the barriers some may have to a traditional clinical approach, which ensures we make therapy accessible to all.

Our Aims.

Attachment, Relational and Intercultural approach

  • To promote mental health and emotional wellbeing in all people.
  • To support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, with specific support around those that have experienced significant trauma and are often perceived as hard to reach.
  • To support families, carers and professionals in their work with children and young people.
  • To provide innovative and alternative ways of working to support the hardest to reach.
  • To provide longer term therapy, based on an attachment and relational approach.
  • To recognise that we live and work in a diverse and multicultural society; our aim is to reflect that in our organisation and practice.

How we started

NAOS was set up by a collective of therapists who hold the fundamental core values and beliefs that therapy should be accessible to all and that recovery is possible.

From our experience of working with often multiply disadvantaged, complex and hard to reach people, the collective recognised the need to do things differently and to make therapy more approachable, achievable and accessible for all. The team at NAOS have developed models of working that safely reach out to those in need and to those who may struggle to engage with traditional clinical therapy.

NAOS started from the understanding that for an organisation to be accessible it needs to be inclusive and consistent with the different cultural backgrounds, world-views, traditions and languages of the multicultural community in which we live. Click here to see why we exist.

Moving Forward.

Outcomes

Children and young people shared they are in an emotionally better place and able to move on with their lives

Children and Young People stopped participating in risk taking behaviours

Young People moved forward into further education, employment or training

Testimonials.

“I thought I could not continue, life got that tough. I have experienced things you could not imagine which left me feeling like I did not belong here. Therapy made me realise it was not my fault and to hold empathy and compassion for myself. It taught me to trust again and love again and mostly to love myself”

Female client

Age 18

“There’s a long list of things the therapist does that help us in school, mostly she gives children the confidence to face a daunting lifestyle and helps change some parents perceptions of their children, so they start believing.”

Teaching Assistant Primary School

“You never know if it wasn’t for me doing my therapy I might be in jail now. I was trapped in a small group of people all with similar problems, I didn’t believe things could change, they have. I’ve taken more control over me, I feel much more confident and feel I can now happily be anywhere with anyone”

Male client

Age 21

Therapy has made me realise I can live again rather then just survive. I have a better relationship with myself and with my family and friends. I observe sadness at times and still get angry but I’m human. I am free from depression and can see and feel the world in a different way”

Female client

Age 32

“As a family we really cant thank the therapist enough, it’s a real comfort to know she is there for the children and us”

Family of Primary client

“I had lost my job and was about to lose my wife. I had a breakdown. I thought I was going mad but actually I was showed how my past was still effecting the present. Exploring my history and patterns was tough but I am so appreciative to feel balanced again with a job I enjoy and my partner that I love”

Male client

Age 48

“Understanding trauma and attachment has helped me massively as understanding the young people I work with. I feel so much more skilled as a professional as well as having greater insights into my own history making me understand how my behavior and reactions effect the young people I work with”

Professional

Age 28

“There’s a long list of things the therapist does that help us in school, mostly she gives children the confidence to face a daunting lifestyle and helps change some parent’s perceptions of their children, so they start believing.”

Teaching Assistant Primary School

“I used to see my therapist virtually every day, at first, then twice a week, weekly and then fortnightly, now its monthly or less, I’ve learnt how to work things out for myself better, to keep myself safe, to take a step back and think, mostly I can do it on my own now.”

Male client

Age 19

“The impact of long term therapy is unquestionable”

Secondary School Teacher

Who We Work With

We work with individuals, couples, families, groups, organisations and services that support children and young people. We support multiagency working and work with social care, adoption support services, primary and secondary mainstream schools and alternative education provisions, statutory and voluntary organisations.