A chance to talk one-to-one in private to a trained counsellor

What is counselling?

Counselling gives you a chance to talk to someone who is not connected with your family friends or school about what is bothering you.  A counsellor won’t tell you what to do, but will help you to make your own decisions.

Why talk to a Counsellor?

If you are anxious, this can have an impact on your school work and friendships. Problems which seem unimportant to someone else can seem overwhelming to you. Being able to talk to someone outside of your situation can help you to feel less burdened and more able to enjoy life. Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help people sort out troubling thoughts and feelings.

What problems can counselling help with?

We see young people who want to talk about family problems or issues with other people in their life. You can talk about other things as well, like problems at school.

If you’re not sure whether counselling can help, contact us anyway! If we can’t help, we’ll do our best to work with you to find someone who can.

Is counselling private?

Whatever we discuss is confidential within the service, unless we believe that you or someone else is being harmed or at risk of being harmed. We would always try to discuss this with you before talking to anyone else.

Does my parent need to know I’m seeing a counsellor?

This will be discussed with you at your first session. Sometimes it can help you to let a parent know you are getting help, but we leave this decision up to you whenever we can.

Who will know I’m seeing a counsellor?

The counsellor will try to keep the fact you are coming to counselling as private as possible. When someone else is helping you with your problems, we may need to let them know when you start and finish counselling.

Can someone make me go to see a counsellor?

No. Someone can suggest you have counselling, but going to counselling is your choice. During your first counselling session, you will have a chance to ask any questions you may have about counselling and to talk a bit about what’s bothering you. If you wish, we can then set up a series of appointments.

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Counselling service for 11-18 year olds