The Banyan Tree Family Counselling Service
In response to a real need which was not being addressed by any local government provision, The Banyan Tree began a Family Counselling Service in 2009.
The service expanded, outgrew its original accommodation and, as a result of Philip's enthusiasm and dedication, widened its activities to make provision for a variety of disabled children and young adults.
The therapy and counselling centre has had several homes, but recently has moved to a building at Kalathara which offers more space, more facilities, and security of tenure.
In addition to family counselling, therapy with qualified practioners is offered for a variety of physical disabilities; also speech and occupational therapy and a special needs teacher.
The centre at Kalathara is funded jointly by Health Help International and The Friends of The Banyan Tree.
The centre has a mini bus provided largely from funds raised by Indian supporters which enables transport for the children and their parents.
Low social status, illiteracy, poverty, debt and alcohol lead to many family problems. Our centre is associated with the local State family court. Ghita Nair, our counsellor, also works there.
The Banyan Tree gives shade, puts down roots. It expands and produces new growth…