We are OKUK a young person’s drug and alcohol counselling service
OKUK is a counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 10-19 whose lives are becoming difficult through drugs or alcohol, whether this be through their own use, or through the direct effect of other peoples drug or alcohol use, for example family or friends.
OKUK recognises that there is often misunderstanding about what counselling is. Counselling is not telling people what they should do and how they should live. Counselling is a safe space where you can work out the answers for yourself with support. It’s about being listened to and heard.
Yes, if you are between the ages of 10-19 and live in Liverpool. Using drugs or alcohol may cause you problems in life. Sometimes you may use drugs and alcohol to escape from problems in your life, or maybe when other people in your world are using drugs and alcohol it may affect you. You may find yourself, for example, having problems at school or home, feeling angry, not feeling able to cope, feeling low or down, or not feeling good about yourself or your life. If so then maybe counselling could help you.
If you feel that you need to talk to a counsellor at OKUK you can contact them directly on the following phone numbers:-
Zena Ullah - 0151 702 0740
Caroline Owen - 0151 702 0759
Sue Yilmaz - 0151 702 0732
Gabbie Hill - 0151 702 0781
All calls are confidential, if you don’t feel able to do this; you could ask someone you trust to contact us on your behalf.
OKUK is located at MYA, 65-67 Hanover Street. We have rooms available for both one to one and group counselling.
We will give you an appointment to discuss your needs and how we can best support you. From here we will decide together which of the following options is most suitable for you as an individual.
This could include:
• One to One Counselling
• Creative therapies (Painting, Drawing, Working with clay etc).
• Groupwork in various settings
• Provide information/support for you to access additional or alternative services that will best suit your needs.
To provide structured therapeutic interventions to Children/Young people between the ages of 10-19 whose life has become difficult through drugs or alcohol, whether this be through their own use, or through the direct effect of other people’s drug or alcohol use.
To ascertain the needs of the Child/Young person and explore their individual context using a multi-modality approach in order to work with them more effectively, for example; person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, brief therapies or creative therapies.
To design an agreed care plan with Child/Young person that would be SMART (smart, measurable, achievable, realistic and timescaled. This would be tailored to meet the individual needs of the child/Young person in order for them to develop holistically (social, emotional & physical).
This could include One to One counselling, Creative therapies and Group work to provide information/support for young people using the service to access additional or alternative services that best suit their needs.
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OKUK Counsellors are available Monday – Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. However we are flexible and can provide counselling sessions outside these hours were possible.
• It’s nice to have someone to listen to me.
• It feels like my problems go away after my counselling session
• It’s nice to have someone who I can trust and I know won’t judge me
OKUK continues to provide support for children and young people who misuse substances, who may not themselves (as yet) use but whose lives are adversely affected by usage of someone close to them (e.g. parent/carer, older sibling) and offers a variety of techniques appropriate to the needs of the individual.