Covid poses "greatest threat to mental health since the second world war." Learn more about how we're supporting people during this challenging time.

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Covid poses "greatest threat to mental health since the second world war." Learn more about how we're supporting people during this challenging time.

Depression & anxiety group therapy beginning 9th May (morning and evening sessions available). Click here for more information.

Children & Young People Counselling

Children and young people deserve the opportunity to talk about what they're going through and be given a safe and confidential space to speak openly and express their feelings. Our team of highly-qualified therapists provide mental health support to children and young people aged between 5 and 17.
Life's challenges

What can we help with?

Children and young people come to therapy for many different reasons. We support those struggling with the following:
Abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
Anxiety & depression
Bereavement & grief
Eating disorders
Gender or sexual identity
Low self-esteem
Oppositional behaviour
Past trauma
Personal development
Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
School-related issues, including school refusal and bullying
Self-harm & suicidal feelings
Sleep difficulties
Social anxiety
Wetting and soiling
a personalised approach for every client

How does therapy work?

Children, young people, and their families are often puzzled by how they feel and behave. Asking why doesn't seem to help, and it seems there are no straightforward answers to explain why things have become the way they are. Sometimes frustratingly for parents and carers, it's not unusual for children and young people to find it hard to talk about their feelings.

Therapy helps the child or young person recognise and describe their feelings, and explore patterns of thinking and behaviour that have become problematic. The relationship with the therapist is central to this process.

Book the initial consultation
For most people, this first step is the hardest. Your child or young person isn't crazy. You haven't failed. Seeking therapy isn't an admission that they're weak.
Complete the paperwork
Since we're working with minors, we require a parental consent form to be completed as well as a couple of other documents. You'll be emailed them once the initial consultation has been booked.
Attend your first appointment
The initial consultation is a "finding out" pre-therapy meeting where we learn about the situation and identify how we can help.

Whilst face-to-face sessions are available upon request, most are currently taking place online through our video portal. You can speak with your therapist from anywhere in the world, and you won't be required to install any software. Learn more about our online therapy option.

What to expect

For parents

Important to us is the strength of the relationship between you and your child. You are central to your child's development and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many families go through difficult experiences, and young children (even babies) are sensitive to these stressed environments. They are not immune to them. But whether their struggle stems from a family-related difficulty or they've experienced something independently, they can recover with the support of parents and other caregivers.

We support children and young people differently based on their age, stage of learning, nature of the difficulty, and several other factors. Our team help children as young as 5 years of age until they're 18 and considered adults. It's not that we don't help adults, but the process (i.e. the how) can somewhat change at that point.

A parental consent form will need to be completed for individuals 15 years and younger.
All therapists are DBS checked, insured and hold relevant masters-level qualifications.
Sessions last 45 minutes and take place weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the needs of the individual.
Get to know us

About our team

Our team of professionals have varying specialties and qualifications, each bringing something unique to our group.

Minimum qualification expectations are for each therapist to hold at least a masters degree. Examples include MA in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Additional credentials include a Certified Cyber Therapist, DBS certified, and GDPR and safeguarding training.

There's a growing evidence base to support the effectiveness of child psychotherapy in treating a range of emotional and mental health problems. According to clinical guidance provided by NICE (National Insitute for Clinical Excellence), child psychotherapy is a recommended treatment for depression in children and young people. In supporting children and young people, we stay up-to-date with the latest research so as to provide an excellent standard of care.

Nordia Philpott
Practice Director
Lesley Simpson-Gray
Child Psychotherapist
Sarah Johnson
Child Psychotherapist
live in the present

Why should you speak with a counsellor?

We're trained to be non-judgemental, and we go into every counselling session with an open mind. Your life and your experiences are yours.
What you share will never be used as water-cooler conversation. We won't share your story with our friends. Have confidence that we're discrete.
We'll make a commitment to see you every week at an agreed time. We're reliable and the time allocated to you is yours.
Focus on you
We're not here to talk about us. The focus in every session is you and your wellbeing. You've got someone who's solely focussed on supporting your mental health.
We're trained to understand how to work effectively with people. We're also a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) who ensures standards are kept high.
Less alone
Often, people feel unable to share their feelings and challenges with the people in their life. Having someone who is a complete stranger, who doesn't know you and won't judge you, can give you the freedom to talk about anything.
clients only

Check-in sessions

Between sessions – whether weekly, biweekly or monthly – your child or young person may want to get in touch with their therapist. Not for a full session, but to connect with them about something; they've had a breakthrough, a trigger has caused a spiral, or they'd like to bounce an idea off someone.

Our "Check-In Sessions" allow them to meet with their therapist for a short, potent 20-minute consultation. Diving straight into the issue at hand, the therapist will listen, unpack and provide support until the next planned session. These sessions are only available for current clients, and we offer one free "Check-In Session" to every client who makes the 3-session commitment.

Due to their conciseness, these sessions take place through our online video portal. Here's a summary of what you'll get:

Supportive appointment between sessions
First "Check-In Session" is free
Flexible session tailored to your needs
For clients only
Beginning your journey

3-session commitment

After the initial consultation, we'll invite you to commit to 3 counselling sessions. Why? Because those who commit to the therapy process benefit the most from therapy.

We've also found that having this provision in place increases the likelihood of our clients seeing the process through to completion. Only then do they experience the relief they're looking for and become the best version of themselves.

After the first 3 sessions, appointments are open-ended, and we'll continue to support your child or young person for as long as they need our assistance.

Note: For those struggling financially, we're happy to make allowances and wave this condition.


Frequently asked questions

What kind of problems can counselling help you with?

People find counselling helpful for different reasons including, but not limited to,

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Family issues
  • Health issues
  • Identity issue
  • Major life changes
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Phobias and fears
  • Redundancy and work issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Worry
Will the counsellor give you advice?
Your counsellor is not there to give you advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s) because only you know how you feel in any given situation.
What if I miss a scheduled appointment?
We appreciate life can throw unexpected curveballs. If you're unable to attend, please let us know at the earliest opportunity. However, if you don't provide a minimum of 48 hours notice, you'll be charged at the session's full rate.
What happens during the initial assessment?

It will usually start with quite boring admin, like filling in the necessary forms with your personal details. We'll also ask you to talk a bit about why you're coming to counselling and what you hope to get out of it.

Additionally, initial assessments are a chance for you to check if we're the right fit for you. You might want to ask:

  • What's the waiting time?
  • What type of counselling do you offer?
  • What will a typical session be like?
  • Can you offer evening/weekend appointments?
  • Can I see a male/female counsellor?

It may be worth writing your questions down and bringing them with you; it's easy to forget them once you're actually in there.

What is CBT?

Defined by the NHS, "Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave."

It is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem. It is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression and can be as effective as antidepressants.

However, it can also be used to treat several other mental health challenges. For more information about how CBT works, click here to visit NHS online.

What's the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor?

Sometimes talking to a friend can be helpful, and counsellors often encourage clients to speak with their family and friends. However, there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support. Learn more about the differences between talking with your counsellor and a friend.

How soon will I start to notice things getting better?
Although it will probably take a little while for you to experience recovery from the problems that led you to seek out treatment, you'll likely notice some improvements early on.

Many clients will notice some gains in their general sense of wellbeing after just a few sessions. These early improvements may include increased hope and optimism, the relief that comes from sharing your challenges, and knowing that there is a way to overcome them.

Although these early gains are a good sign, they do not always signify lasting change. It typically takes continued sessions and effort to notice a more enduring reduction in your symptoms and for things to get back to normal in your life (i.e., at work or school, with family and friends).
Is everything I say confidential?
All information disclosed in therapy sessions is treated as confidential. However, there are specific instances in which it may be necessary to breach confidentiality. These are very rare, and we will discuss them in your first session. We will, wherever possible, inform you before taking this action.
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Our mission is to enable this
Online & COVID-19 friendly
Book your first appointment
Fast and secure payments
We help individuals who are struggling to manage life’s challenges by providing therapeutic support to be the best version of themselves.
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