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First Steps ED

Mental Health and eating disorders support for adults, young people, children (5 to 18 years) and parents/ Carers counselling and psychotherapy face to face and video clinic.


We deliver counselling and psychotherapy support in schools, colleges and universities to 5 to 25 year olds with 10 sessions and adults 18+ years with 18 sessions which can be extended. We deliver weekly peer led support groups in person and online, offer accredited training for professionals and accept self referrals from our website. Our staff are trained in a range of mental health conditions including anxiety and depression, autism, OCD and eating disorders and disordered eating.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Beth Hughes
Contact Position
Office Coordinator
First Steps ED

When is it on?

Time of day

Inclusion Information

Cater for special dietary requirements
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Nut allergy
Gluten free
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Culture/ethnicities accommodated

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£0 to £20 Per session
Referral required
Referral Details

We accept self referrals and professional referrals through our online form for anymore with or without a clinical diagnosis.

  • Drop-in Facilities
  • Parking
  • Extended Services school
  • Sensory Room
  • Quiet Area
  • Secure setting
  • Meeting Rooms

Local Offer

Contact Name
Clair Byrne
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Skills for Professionals CPD Training
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Do you operate a waiting list? 
Waiting list details 

We aim to complete an initial assessment from referral within 1 week and our waiting lists are (1 week) befriendeing (2 weeks) young people (6 weeks) adults.

Staffing arrangements 
Staffing levels varied according to need
Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

We work with the AIM Group as our trusted training provider to provide fully funded Level 2, nationally accredited, and self-learning short courses which are available for our Volunteers and Staff.

We also offer these training opportunities to other charity and support groups.

  Understanding Safeguarding and PreventDownload

The purpose of this qualification is to support anyone who is responsible for the safeguarding of people and for helping prevent radicalisation. It gives learners an understanding of recognising the signs of abuse, how to reduce the risk of radicalisation and the potential consequences of illegal online activity.

All of our staff and volunteers require this training as a minimum requirement and attend annual refresher training.

Understanding AutismDownload

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100, and about 20% of our service users may have a dual diagnosis.

Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

Understanding Specific Learning DisabilitiesDownload

Having a learning difficulty means that people find it harder to learn certain skills. As this affects around 15% of people, it is important for those working in healthcare, social care and education to have knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Working with Individuals with Learning DisabilitiesDownload

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. Owing to the fact that they are likely to find it more difficult than others to describe their symptoms, a good knowledge of legislation and the healthcare system, as well as an understanding of signs and symptoms of various conditions, is essential for anyone working with individuals with learning disabilities.

Understanding Behaviour that ChallengesDownload

Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today as many individuals have increasing levels of stress and uncertainty in their lives.

This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the First Step towards finding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.

Awareness of Mental Health ProblemsDownload

Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges to our society. With an estimated 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health problem, around a quarter of British adults will experience some form of mental health problem within the course of a year.

Children and Young Peoples Mental HealthDownload

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people.

These issues can include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder and can often be a direct response to occurrences in their lives.

Emotional well-being is just as important as a child’s mental health, therefore it is important for those working with children and young people to have a good understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health.


To book onto and join our next training cadre please speak with our Events and Training Coordinator

How do you communicate with your service users? 
Parent training
Directly with parents/carers
Learning events
Progress updates provided

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