You may be dealing with:
- Parents splitting up
- Problems at home
- Arguments with friends
- Feeling isolated
- Stress at school
- Feeling low
- Someone close to you becoming ill or dying
- Worries about your love life
If you’re finding it all too much or are just not feeling like yourself, we're here to help.
Parents and guardians
Are you a parent or guardian who wants to help your child handle changes or a difficult situation in your family? Family Counselling can help you to talk through what's happening and resolve your differences.
What is Children and Young People's Counselling?
You can talk to us about whatever is on your mind. It’s confidential and and our counsellors are trained to deal with any problems you may be facing.
Hear from Jack, in the video below, about how counselling helped him deal with his parents' separation.
What kind of problems can you help with?
There are many different issues you might want to talk to someone about.
We've helped other children and young people with the following issues:
- “I’m feeling stressed and can’t cope with schoolwork”
- “My parents are always fighting and I don’t know what to do”
- “I can’t seem to make friends”
- “I’m being bullied and I’m worried about telling someone”
- “My mum and dad are splitting up and it feels like my fault”
- “Someone close to me is dying and I can’t cope”
- “Nobody understands me and I feel like I have depression”
Having someone to talk you who isn’t a part of your school or home life may help you to see your problems from a new perspective.
How much does counselling cost?
If you are aged under 11, or live outside of the PO1 to PO6 region, then please call to find out more about our client fees.
If you are 11 to 25 years old and living in the PO1 to PO6 postcode area, then you can register with the U Matter service, details below.
How does counselling work?
Your first session can be arranged at a place you choose and you might find that a friendly chat is all you need.
Counselling is available and sessions with our Young Persons counsellors who are based at the Portsmouth and District Relate Centre in Cosham and also our centres in Southsea, and Gosport.
If you are referred to counselling, you will stay will with the same counsellor.
Counselling will be a chance to talk about whatever you’re worried about. Our counsellors won’t judge you or tell you what to think or do.
Anyone aged 11 to 25 years old who lives in the Portsmouth area (postcodes PO1 to PO6) can access our ‘U Matter’ service. This is a new service that offers early help with problems you may be facing before they get too big.
The following services will be offered:
- Informal first face-to-face support meeting for you to understand your challenges and goals.
- Relate counselling for you and if needed your family too, at our Cosham or Southsea Centres.
- Peer support groups that help you come together with other young people, receive support, and complete fun activities in local venues.
What's the process for getting support
After, either yourself, a parent or guardian or a health professional gets in contact with us you will receive a call within 24 hours to arrange an informal face-to-face meeting at a place you've chosen. This could be your home, a coffee-shop or café, or a learning links satellite venue.
Together you’ll agree on your next steps for support, whether that be counselling, joining a peer support group or both.
Registering to use the service
You can apply to use the service yourself, or if you are a parent and guardian you can register a child or young person.
Register yourself, or if you're a parent or guardian, with the self or parent referral form.
If you are a health professional, then you must register using only the agency referral form.
If you have any questions about counselling take a look at our FAQs.