A young girl talking expressively to a counsellorWhat is counselling?

There are a wide range of options, and young people are signposted and introduced to age appropriate support, depending on personal circumstances. This could include child or family therapy, guided self-help, evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which can be suitable for many issues including anxiety, phobias, low mood, depression and relationship difficulties. 

Our counselling services

Young people are offered a safe and confidential space to talk about their experiences and worries.

  • Counsellors are trained to listen without judgement and encourage young people to make positive decisions for themselves
  • The process is proactive, with the counsellor adjusting the process and employing the techniques that best fit the young person’s needs
  • A range of strategies are used, including symbolic, creative, behavioural, cognitive and psycho-educational
  • Counsellors can help with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, bullying, bereavement, low self-esteem, family problems, self-harm and relationship issues
  • Outcomes are goal-based and sessions are focused on empowering young people and facilitating positive change
  • Courses of counselling are short term and not suitable for severe mental health issues and trauma
  • The age range of those supported differs between partners, so please check this when enquiring

Partners: Relate West Surrey, YMCA East Surrey, Step by Step, Leatherhead Youth Project

Requests for support should be made through the Access and Advice Team.