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Counselling is a 'talking therapy' that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.

Sometimes the term "counselling" is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

Counselling can help you cope with:

  • a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
  • an upsetting physical health condition
  • a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, school or work-related stress
  • difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
  • other issues, such as sexual identity



You can contact the Samaritans at any time of the day or night. They are a team of people trained to listen to people who are going through difficult times.

Phone: 116 123 

'People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record - about whatever’s getting to them. You don't have to be suicidal.' - Samaritans


You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. We're here to support you and help you find ways to cope.

Call free on 0800 1111

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed. This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone they can't tell it's a Childline service.

The app, developed in partnership with Barclays, is now available as a free download (App store for iOS) so young people can easily access Childline's online services.

These include:

  • 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor
  • 'Ask Sam' problem pages
  • Private locker - a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts.



Place2Be provides counselling and support to children and young people in primary and secondary schools. It offers support to pupils who may have a range of challenges, such as friendship problems, bullying, and bereavement.

One-to-one counselling for pupils can take place for up to a year. Place2Be also works with groups of children and run Place2Talk – where pupils can come during their lunchtime to talk to a counsellor.

Age group: 5-16

If Place2Be already works in your child’s school, please ask to speak to the school SENCO or the Place2Be school project manager, via the school office.


The Brent Centre

Brent Centre for Young People is a leading mental health charity which provides help and support at an early stage to young people who are experiencing emotional difficulties or mental health issues. These could include low mood, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, anger or low self-esteem.

Young people are usually referred to the Brent Centre by their GP.

The charity offers a number of talking therapies specifically for young people including individual therapies, group therapies, sport and thought and family therapy and parents support.

Trained therapists can also help young people deal with difficult life experiences such as bereavement, bullying, relationship problems, issues at school or work, physical illness, pregnancy or abuse.

The centre is located at Brondesbury Park where most of the services are provided, and the charity also offers support to pupils at a number of local schools:

  • Alperton Community School
  • Brent Youth Offending Service
  • Preston Manor High School
  • Queens Park Community School
  • St Augustine’s CE High School
  • Wembley High
  • St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Junior School

Contact: 0207 328 0918,
Laufer House, 51 Winchester Avenue, London NW6 7TT

Kooth is a free anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service tailored to young people aged 11-18 years, up to their 19th birthday (also up to 25 years for targeted young people leaving care and NEETS). 

Kooth offers online text based counselling 365 days of the year; as well as peer support through moderated forums and articles. Counsellors are qualified experienced professionals and are online from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends. Our online counselling service has been accredited by the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). 

Young people can access without a referral. Our forums are moderated by our team to ensure young people maintain anonymity and to ensure support is positive and supportive.  We encourage young people to also write for our articles to provide them a space to share their experiences and creativity.

Kooth helps to reduce the waiting times for young people seeking help whilst removing the stigma around mental health and accessing services.


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