Mother & Baby
Carefully selected, Azalea House is based in a quiet location in Bedford close to local amenities and services. The well equipped home is a four-bed provision that offers 24-hour waking onsite support and guidance for mothers in need of support by fully qualified and experienced support staff.
Furnished to an extremely high standard Azalea House provides a holistic and nurturing supportive environment.
The staff team in Azalea house are all Qualified and experienced in the relevant area to be able to provide consistent and exceptional support during difficult times.
The mum’s will be included in group work with other mum’s in the local community and will include off site activities like baby yoga and swimming classes. This is to build up a social network and prevent isolation, and reduce vulnerability.
The mothers at Azalea House will be able to attend in house workshops and one to one key-work sessions on the signs and definitions domestic violence and appropriate, healthy relationships. This work will include how to recognise and prevent emotionally controlling relationships as well as the physical abuse as this area is a growing concern.
Athena Housing and support will monitor and observe the mothers and their care that they give to their child. Athena are then able to provide regular detailed, factual and professional reports that will be made available to social workers.
Athena have an independent programme that they use as a tool if necessary with the mothers that will equip them with the basic life skills they will need to live completely, independently and successfully.
The independent programme is completed during one to one key-work sessions with staff and is based around all aspects of living independently. Some of the topics that the mothers will focus on include:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation work completed
Athena Independent Programme
Applying for housing
Running a home
Health & Safety in the home
Athena are able to support mothers in accessing ongoing therapy whilst they are at the unit to aid them in any traumas and negative childhood experiences they may have had.
As a qualified integrative Psychotherapist, Lois work’s using different approaches, combining elements of Person-Centred Therapy; which focuses on an individual’s self worth and values, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); which focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, teaching clients how each one can have an effect on the other. CBT is useful for dealing with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias, Transactional Analysis; which focuses on the theory that we each have three ego states: Parent, adult and child. By recognising ego-states, TA attempts to identify how we communicate, and how this can be changed. And Psychodynamic Therapy; which focuses on difficulties arising from early childhood that remain unresolved.
In a safe environment Lois would look at early childhood and help people to safely express feelings and thoughts that have not been released before, which have resulted in dysfunctional behavioural patterns and relationships.
Some people find it helps to see things visually, therefore Lois may also work creatively to aid the process if that is something that the client feels comfortable with.
Lois has a lot of experience and she has worked for the mental health charity MIND, working with adults seeking help with various issues. Over the years she has also gained extensive experience working with young people between the ages of 11 and 18. This experience has been gained through working with young people in schools, Connexions, a Pupil Referral Unit and within her private practice. Lois has also worked with young people in care and/or under social services.
As well as her private practice Lois also has contracts with a secondary school in Luton, social services and Athena Housing and Support.
Lois is a registered member of the BACP and can be found on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. Lois abides by the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate.
Lois has extensive qualifications including:
Postgraduate Certificate in Working with Children and Families
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Certificate in Couples Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Lois has attended many workshops including:
Certificate Course - Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger
Working with Aspergers
Certificate in Child Protection
Aspects of Bereavement (CRUSE)
Integrative Sand play Studies (AIST)
Working with Clay
Working with Dreams
Working with Childhood Abuse, Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Athena can support the mothers in accessing training and achieve a recognised certification whilst they are placed at the unit. This will be around parenting, attachments and taking care of them self.
All of the mothers placed with us will be placed into a parenting program of training if they choose to. On this course they will receive a recognised qualification and they will receive one to one guidance from the tutors. As well as this they will meet other mothers experiencing the same anxieties and possible challenges they may face, this will help prevent them from becoming isolated and socially excluded. The mothers will receive a personal development plan and they will receive certificates and a portfolio as they progress. The mothers will receive training on interview techniques and they will be encouraged to attend education and training whilst on the program.
The course they will be placed on covers:
Antenatal development and birth
Responsibilities of caring for a young baby
Making a gift for a baby
Applying for work and training