West Berkshire Council

Emotional Health Academy Clinic

Our specific services for parents to purchase to support their child or young person

We are now able to offer specific services directly to parents to purchase to support their child or young person with their emotional needs.

This does not replace our universal, free triage offer to West Berkshire families.

The Clinic differs from triage as parents are able to purchase a particular service they feel they require to help support their child or young person, and is also open to families outside of West Berkshire who would not have been able to access the EHA previously. Triage, however, will consider a wide range of support options, not just the EHA, based on the information provided and may result in a number of different suggested support options. 

We employ Emotional Health Workers who carry out emotional health assessments and deliver evidenced based, low intensity talking therapies. The support we offer is always tailored to the needs of the child or young person, and as such we offer the support in schools, local Family Hubs, or people's homes. It is important to us that all children and young people are given support in a place where they feel comfortable and safe.

If you would like to find out more about the services you can purchase, please get in touch with us by calling 01635 519018.

Please note the cost of an EHA Clinic assessment and further appointments are £50 plus VAT for each one hour session.

To access specific services, please complete pdf icon our EHA Clinic referral form [155kb], and return it to us at Emotional.Health.Triage@westberks.gov.uk.

We also deliver a range of targeted and primary prevention programs designed to support families with different needs. These can be accessed if deemed appropriate by the panel through Triage or purchased directly by parents:

  • The Overcoming Programme (Willetts, Creswell, Thirlwall and Parkinson, 2016)

This six session course over eight weeks is for parents of primary age children with emerging anxiety difficulties. The program is cognitive behavioural therapy based and seeks to strengthen parents' skills in supporting and reducing their child's anxiety. Recent research shows that supporting parents to support their child is an effective way of preventing or stopping anxiety problems from having a significant and negative impact on their lives.

  • Cool Kids programme

This programme aims to provide parents with strategies to help manage emerging anxiety problems in children who are also on the Autism spectrum. The programme consists of nine sessions and is aimed at parents of children under the age of 12.

  • Choices, Chances, Changes course

This course is aimed at supporting parents with challenging and defiant behaviour in children with or without a diagnosis of Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) or ADHD. The ten session course is aimed at parents of children 12 and under.