Therapy Services

Adoption is a life enhancing and positive journey for a family. At times however, this process can become a cause for distress and challenge. It is recognised that working with children and young people that have experienced early trauma requires specialist knowledge and expertise. Parenting such children can also present challenges and require significant emotional resilience. In order to support and facilitate change, our therapy service provides evidence based interventions that best meet the needs of adopted children and their families.  We work with the same ethos as our Centre for Adoption Support, that we know every child and family is different, there is no one size of therapy that fits all.

Each family has different strengths and needs. Adoption Matters Therapy Service provides a personalised therapeutic intervention based on a  structured assessment.  We work with both adopted children and families and children placed with families via Special Guardianship Orders.

All of our therapy services are covered by the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and we will guide you and your placing Local Authority with their submission to the ASF.

Our statistics 

  • We have 28 therapists working within our service
  • In 2017, we provided over 300 contracts for ASF submissions
  • In 2017, we worked with 60 local authorities across the country

Our Clinical Lead

Our Therapy Service is lead by Dr. Nadine Eisenberg who joined the service in 2014. Nadine brings a wealth of experience from her career from working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. Posts have included Clinical Director, Child Mental Health Directorate at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital; Consultant clinical psychologist CAMHS, Looked After Children and Adoption, Therapeutic Foster Care as well as specialist services for young people who have experienced emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

Our Assessment

Assessments are conducted by a clinical psychologist or child psychotherapist and will cover all aspects of a child’s life.  This will include sessions with adopters, the child, school and other professionals as appropriate.  The assessment will provide clear recommendations regarding a way forward.

What we offer

Adoption Matters therapy service can provide a wide range of therapists across the North West, Stoke & Staffordshire. All have specialist skills and experience of working with adopted children and their families.  Approaches include:

The approaches incorporate developments in neuropsychology, brain development and sensory integration.  Therapists are registered to practice and have ongoing clinical supervision.


A key feature of the therapy service is ensuring that we deliver effective interventions. The approaches are informed by the latest research on what works for adoptive families. Each therapist will work with families to put together an agreed therapeutic plan with clear goals. All therapeutic work is supervised by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and specialist supervisors depending on the specific approach. The work is evaluated and written reports made available.


The cost of therapy will depend on each families individual requirements and will vary according to the duration of therapy and type of intervention.  A detailed costing can be provided.  All of our therapy services are covered by the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and we will guide you and your placing Local Authority with their submission to the ASF.

Please contact us on Tel: 0300 123 1066 to discuss your requirements or email:

Download our Therapy Leaflet 2018 here (pdf).


We are offering a new training course in February 2019 – Child to Parent Violence – Coping with Emotional Crisis in February 2019.  

Venue: Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton, Chester CH3 7PT
Duration: 3 days over 3 weeks with participants expected to attend all sessions.
Dates: 8th, 15th & 22nd May 2019
Time: 9:45am to 3:45pm  

Key Objectives

* To provide adoptive parents with knowledge and skills which enhances their ability to respond to their child during an emotional crisis in a non restrictive way

* Enhance parent skills which promote the emotional and psychological development of the child

* To increase parent confidence in managing children in distress

The course will involve small group discussion, video/trainer demonstrations and practise with all participants in a supportive and enjoyable way.


Hazel Griffiths-Jones, Consultant Psychologist has 30 years experience across the adult and child sector training and working with children, parents and carers and local authorities in meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Sue Bellamy, therapist, has over 30 years experience across children’s services as a residential worker, foster carer, social worker, specialist mental health therapist and Theraplay therapist.

Hazel and Sue have worked together in delivering training to parents in managing crisis in children using ‘therapeutic crisis intervention’ since 2001.

Programme outline

Day 1 – Getting to know each other, introductions/establishing the expectations in the group.Introduction to the nature of emotional crisis, for us as adults and children
Day 2 – Neuro-development and the traumatised child. The impact of the everyday factors in emotional crisis. Managing what we can to prevent crises and promote growth.
Day 3 – Using ourselves to enable communication, support a child in crisis and promote life skills for our children.

Cost: £650 per place. Tea & coffee will be provided, please bring your own lunch

To book your place please contact: Shirley Sheen, Therapy Service Co-Ordinator: Tel: 01244 390 938

Download the full training course flier here: Child to Parent Violence – Flier – May 2019