YMCA Family Centre

The YMCA Family Centre provides Psychotherapeutic Services including Family Support Groups; Community Administrative Support; as well as Educational Workshops and Talks. 

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Our mental and spiritual health services were first initiated in 2016 as part of the Youth Empowerment Programme. Students then studying for their master were recruited to give free psychotherapeutic and counselling services to our younger clients in need.

The principal objective was to promote a space for professional development by offering youth a vital opportunity for personal growth through self-awareness.

In 2017, YMCA Malta extended the reach of this support to the broader community. This was done to serve the most vulnerable among us, for whom private mental health therapy is not not financially tenable. In collaboration with the YWCA Malta, these services were offered at premises in Msida.

The demand for this service has unfortunately grown exponentially since this time. Between 2018 and 2022, 1,244 psychotherapeutic sessions were given to service users, completely free of charge. It has now been incorporated into an essential Wellbeing Programme. We now provide over 920 counselling sessions every year at our family centre, completely free of charge. These counselling and psychotherapy services provide mental and spiritual support to individuals and families who cannot afford or access private services.

  • Offer individual and group psychotherapy/counselling sessions.
  • Provide clients with professional intervention and understanding, in response to their specific emotional and behavioural needs.
  • Engage clients on the basis of respectful communication and warm, unconditional nurturing empathy.
  • Encourage clients to develop skills in specific target areas with the goal of having them attain full autonomy and independence in all aspects of their lives. 

If you are training to become a psychotherapist and/or counsellor and would like to help us continue providing mental wellbeing to vulnerable people who cannot afford it, please contact us here