Family Focussed Systemic Therapy & Holistic Intervention
Who are we?
Jess Lovibond Therapeutic Services (JLTS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company based in the Swale and Medway areas of Kent. JLTS was established in 2021 by its Founding Director, Jess Lovibond.
JLTS provides inexpensive, high-quality training and direct therapeutic services for families, schools and organisations who work with vulnerable children and their families.
By focussing on the strengths and needs of individuals, we create mindful practice cultures, bespoke support plans and intervention strategies that build resilience and promote emotional wellness, providing families and organisations with robust person-centred, solution-focussed strategies for continued development and improvement.
WHAT WE DO
We help and advise families in many ways, here are some of the therapeutic family services we can offer:
1:1 therapy / online counselling sessions for individuals, couples or whole families
Domestic Abuse advice and recovery (including children’s therapeutic services)
Peer 2 Peer support services for DA survivors
Parenting services and advice
Parent advocacy - for parents dealing with The System
Help for understanding behaviour
Loss / Trauma / Attachment advice
At JLTS we specialise in Contextual Safeguarding and have been promoting it through Holistic Assessment for more than a decade.
Contextual Safeguarding is a way of assessing potential risk to an individual by investigating the individual’s own CONTEXT – their wider environment and all the things in that environment which could impact their development or put their safety at risk.
We use a Holistic Assessment Framework, that was born from curiosity about context.
We find out everything about a child that could have an adverse impact on them in order to progress with our Holistic Therapy methods to work to resolve the issue once and properly.
We provide Professionals with support, advice and training in a range of areas including:
Therapeutic Holistic Assessments for individuals and families
Bespoke Behaviour Management / Modification Plans
Information sharing for staff teams
Group and Individual Supervision / Practice Guidance
Safeguarding children / Child Protection consultations
Advice on supporting Looked After & Post Adoptive children
Domestic Abuse (DA) affects 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men and all children of the victims.
Anybody can be affected by Domestic Abuse
It is NEVER the fault of the victim
We help all survivors who have experienced DA recover and heal from their experiences. JLTS:
do NOT judge
We help surviving parents to understand the impact of DA on their children, and work with the whole family to rebuild relationships.
If you think you are in an abusive relationship see our DA advice and Safety Planning Top Tips for what to do and where to get help.
JLTS has created a series of Workshops for schools and other organisations to enable them to better understand and support those students / children who struggle with school, or for whom the usual interventions haven’t been successful.
As part of our workshop package, we provide access to a practice model and resources that you can continue to use to better assess and understand the needs of your students; plus a term’s worth of unlimited support and in-house practice guidance.
We also offer an Understanding Domestic Abuse workshop, designed for schools, however is suitable for other organisations who feel they would benefit from some training in this area.
FREE Initial Consultation service by phone / email
For schools and voluntary organisations to consult on appropriate support and services for families, children and adolescents who have suffered trauma, ACEs and Domestic Abuse. Ideal for gaining practice inspiration for those families whose circumstances don’t meet criteria for a statutory service (such as families affected by DA) or those whose circumstances are considered complex. Our initial consulation is offered for free to see if we can help you.
Systemic Therapy for children & families
We have developed a pioneering holistic child-centred attachment and trauma-informed assessment and therapeutic intervention package for children & adolescents whose presentation stands out in the classroom or at home, and for whom the 'usual' statutory interventions have not been successful. These packages draw from all aspects of Jess's professional experience and consist of three parts:
Direct work with individuals and families - such as parenting advice
Three-generational assessment and bespoke plan for the child(ren)
Clinical supervision and regular reviews to ensure quality and consistency of practice.
To date, this maverick practice model has proved unquestionably successful for improving practice, quality of relationships (attachments), engagement and academic progress.
We are currently working with schools to implement inexpensive and universally accessible school-wide improvement packages using systemic therapy practices, focusing on improving mental health and promoting the notion of Mindful Maintenance as a life skill.
Jess Lovibond - systemic Therapeutic Practitioner
I’m Jess and I’m the Director of Jess Lovibond Therapeutic Services (JLTS) CIC.
JLTS provides services for families and schools to help families recover from traumatic events. What’s a traumatic event? Anything that means a family must get used to a ‘new normal’.
I’ve been working with families for over twenty years, mainly in the Social Work arena, both in Residential Children’s Homes and frontline Social Work. For the last few years, I’ve been working with mainstream schools as their numbers of students with unique needs has increased - the concept of JLTS is the outcome of that work with schools.
I’m a therapeutic practitioner with a PGC in Applied Systemic Theory (Family Therapy). This means I start with a detailed assessment of the family over three generations, then work outwards to find the thing that has affected the family’s functioning.
This way of working is very successful for families who are going through tough times and our unique Holistic Assessment Framework ensures that Contextual Safeguarding is as the heart of everything we do.
My team are amazing, they’re all specialists in their fields whether that’s as experts by formal qualification or experience. Between us, there isn’t much we haven’t seen or heard before! We’re all child-centred practitioners who are very knowledgeable about Domestic Abuse, Parenting, ASC, Attachment, and complex relationships.
So, whether you’re a parent or a professional, I hope that you’ll find something helpful here. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please get in touch using our Contact Us form or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, we’re looking forward to helping you.
Pioneering holistic child-centred attachment assessment and therapeutic intervention
JLTS would like to thank the following for their fantastic contributions and continuous support to help make Our Vision a reality:
Suzanne Lestrade (BA, MCIOF. Freelance Fundraiser)
Donna Atkinson (Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead)
Gary Nightingale Creative for our superb logo, amazing videos and wonderful illustrations
And a special thanks to the E.A. Lovibond Discretionary Trust for our start-up finance
We are pleased to be working with The Survivor Lighthouse CIC who offer a 'survivor one-stop shop' for anyone who has experienced Domestic Abuse.