Young people getting back on track with Step2

Posted: February 13 2019

Step2 is an early intervention service for children and young people aged between 0-19 with mild to moderate emotional p…

Young people getting back on track with Step2

Aidan, dad Tommy, Aron, mum Leyla

Step2 is an early intervention service for children and young people aged between 0-19 with mild to moderate emotional problems. The emphasis is on providing treatment as early as possible, to help prevent the difficulties they’re going through from developing into anything more serious.

Allison McNaught said: “Step2 offers short and focused sessions, teaching young people and their families/carers different strategies and techniques to help them to manage their emotions better. Children under five may benefit from interactive video guidance enabling us to provide feedback to their parents. Step2 support can be given on a one-to-one basis, or in a group setting with up to eight families and children.

“Group sessions allow us to help more people which is really important, as demand for the service is always high. They help the attendees realise they’re not alone in how they’re feeling and that support is available in the group. They often share ideas with one another and stay in contact after they’ve completed all their group sessions.”

Leyla Preston sought help for her son Aron after he developed anxiety at the age of eight. She said: “Aron deteriorated gradually over a period of twelve months, with a massive decline three months before we began our treatment with Step2. He had problems sleeping and struggled to concentrate, which began to affect his performance in school. We started doing Mindfulness and Yoga with Aron, but we weren’t tackling the root causes of the problem – it was a scary time and we felt helpless.

“At our first appointment I explained everything that was happening to Damian, who was amazing. He spoke to Aron before diagnosing his anxiety and referring us to a Multi-Family Anxiety Group which was great.”

Aron said “I had a lot of fun at the group and it made me feel like I wanted to stop being anxious. I learned what I can do if I feel angry or anxious, like square breathing.”

You can read more about Leyla and Aron’s experience at: www.motherhooddiaries.com

Step2 receives written referrals from health and educational professionals across Hertfordshire. Find out more at: www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/step-2-camhs/

If you are a journalist or media representative requiring further information contact our communications team on (01707) 388148 or via communications@hct.nhs.uk