At Uppertunity, we provide a pluralistic mentoring service for individuals with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism, physical health barriers and mental health barriers to resolve personal problems.
The therapist offers a range of different approaches and techniques to assist you in addressing your specific problems. You choose the tools and techniques that suit you best.
This type of approach is about using a combination of methods and theories, tailoring the sessions to the individual’s needs with an emphasis on working together. Our methods include talking therapy, mindfulness, sensory cubes, gardening, art, baking and more.
Developing healthy self-awareness and the awareness of others.
Improved self-esteem and becoming reflective in personal relationships
Potentially leading to healthier life choices
Finding increased enjoyment and fulfilment in life
Improving self-knowledge and clarity of mind
Developing coping mechanisms for the future
We start with looking at your current situation. When clients initially join, we find out what your current world looks like and what you would like your future world to look like.
We use different assessment tools such as ‘My World Triangle’, ‘Wellbeing Wheel’ and ‘Anxiety Measures’ in the first session. This is used throughout your journey with us.
Sessions last approximately 50 minutes. You’ll be asked a range of questions, for example, about your background and the people in your life.
The more we know, the easier it is for us to help!
It is helpful for the therapist to know as much as possible about you to ensure that this service is the right option to help you. We want to understand how you perceive your problems and what changes you would like to make in your life, helping you to identify goals/aims.
If you wish to continue mentoring, a mutual agreement will be made. You will see the same person and build a relationship with them, and sessions will usually occur weekly at the same time. On rare occasions, you might need referral on to another agency. If this is the case, then the therapist will discuss this with you.
This is between you and the therapist! All you share with your therapist remains confidential and is not disclosed to anyone else. There are some rare exceptions to this which the therapist will advise you about. These include; if the client it at risk of harming themself or others; disclosures of child abuse or any other form of risk to the well-being of a child; and involvement in terrorism or other criminal activity.
Each session is summarised in a ‘Progress Report’, and all information concerning clients is held and processed strictly in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation. You may have access to your records and there is a procedure to follow to enable this. Please ask for more information if needed.
Any individual aged 15 and over. The Upside service is aimed at individuals with learning, mental or physical disabilities. Individuals who are still in education or are deemed protected adults will need consent from their carer.
Each session is charged at £15. Funding is also available through Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF) for individuals aged 16 and 21.
An individual can be referred for this service by someone else, but the individual must give consent to this. An individual can also refer themselves. Please contact us to receive a referral form. Once the form has been received, an initial session can be arranged.
On arrival you, will need to sign in and the receptionist will direct you to our office. All sessions take place in a quiet therapeutic room within our main premises: Room 35, The Circle, 4-6 Staffa Place, Dundee DD23SX.