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Youth Counselling for Young People aged 11 – 25

Weekly Counselling Sessions for Young People aged 11-25

121 Youth Counselling is a Counselling Service for distressed and vulnerable young people in the Hart District giving them freedom to share worries and concerns while obtaining non-judgmental and impartial support allowing them to address issues early in their lives to build a brighter future.

What is Counselling?

  • A safe a confidential space for a person to talk freely about things that concern them
  • A place to explore thoughts and feelings that they are having
  • They can talk through ways to deal with the situations they are in

We offer:

  • Up to 10 Counselling sessions depending on the needs of the Young Person
  • A Confidential Service – parents and schools will not be informed about the progress or content of the sessions
  • Sessions available either face-to-face or online

To access this service Young People must meet the following criteria:

    • Be aged between 11 and 25
    • Live in the Hart District OR go to school in the Hart District
      OR be registered with a GP in the Hart District (please refer to the map to determine whether a Young Person is eligible to refer)
    • They must be aware of the referral, understand what Counselling is and want to attend
    • They must be committed to attend every week for up to 10 sessions
    • They must not be receiving Counselling elsewhere

This service is not suitable for a Young Person who is in Crisis

A Counsellor will not:

      • Offer advice
      • Try to change a persons behaviour
      • Diagnose mental health conditions

Information available from other organisations

121 Youth Counselling is a part of a consortium of Counselling agencies across Hampshire called Hampshire Youth Access

Advice and support for children and young people across Hampshire
121 Youth Counselling is part funded by Odiham Cottage Hospital Trust

121 Youth Counselling has received donations from Odiham and Hook Rotary Club

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The service is FREE for young people although it does cost us up to £40.00 to offer each session.  Please consider whether you are able to make a donation towards the cost of the Counselling Sessions

How do I refer to the service?

We accept referrals from the young person, from parents/relatives, from schools and from GP’s. Please click on the link on the web page to refer. We do have a waiting list at the moment, but the more flexible you can be in terms of days, weeks and times, the quicker we will be able to find the right counsellor for you.

How long does Counselling last?

Each session is 50 mins long and will be at the same time and place each week. We offer up to 10 sessions of Counselling. The client and the Counsellor together will assess how its going after 6 -8 weeks to keep the sessions focused.

Where and when do Counselling sessions take place?

We offer Counselling from a variety of locations across Hart. Please be open to all options as not all locations are available every day. Currently these are Odiham, Fleet, Yateley and Hartley Wintney. Counselling sessions run from 15.30 up until 21.00.

How long do I have to wait before I get a Counsellor?

The waiting time varies due to us not knowing how many sessions each client will use. We would aim to see clients within 6 months and would hope that the waiting time could be shorter than this but it does depend on demand.

Is the service confidential?

Everything discussed in the Counselling room is kept confidential within 121 Youth Counselling. The only reason this confidentiality would need to be broken is if the Counsellor thinks that the client or someone else is at risk of harm. The Counsellor would discuss this with the client in the first session.

Are the Counsellors qualified?

All our Counsellors are qualified to work with clients. Some of our Counsellors are students, but the students have to be competent to practice. Clients are given an initial assessment and offered Counselling with the most appropriate Counsellor for their needs. This means we are careful who we place with students, ensuring that they have enough counselling experience and knowledge to counsel a specific client. Student counsellors also receive support from 121, their college and have group supervision – so if ever they needed to consult with someone they can. All Counsellors are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and have relevant insurance.

Do I need to provide transport?

If the venue is too far away for the young person to walk to, you will need to arrange for transport to be provided.  Please consider your availability to provide transport on a weekly basis before accepting a Counselling place.

Can parents sit in on Counselling Sessions?

No. The Counselling session is a space for the young person to express themselves without worry of judgement. Occasionally a young person may request that their parent does come to a session but this request must come from them and would not be a regular occurrence.

What if I can’t attend a Counselling session?

When accepting the offer of Counselling sessions please advise us of any already planned and booked holidays or events you have over the period the sessions are being offered. We will allow you to miss two sessions for anything that you had already booked prior to sessions being offered.

In addition to the two weeks of planned holiday you will be able to cancel two sessions giving us more than 24 hours’ notice. These sessions will be counted towards the total number of sessions ie if you have 10 sessions and you cancel two sessions during the period you will only attend 8 sessions in total. The third time a session is cancelled then you will lose your place in the service.

What issues does the service cover?

We cover most issues including depression and anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, bereavement, low self-esteem, anger issues, family breakdown and problems at school.  We do not cover substance misuse and eating disorders, which are supported by specialist services such as Catch 22 and Hampshire CAHMS.

We take referrals from CAHMS and Children’s Services, as well as schools, GPs and self-referral.

Can a young person come back to Counselling?

Yes, no problem. They will have to re-join the waiting list. Sometimes a young person needs to take a break if they need to process all that has been said and worked on in Counselling, this is ok. Sometimes they think they are fine and realise that they are not – this is all part of them taking control of their situation and learning about themselves.

Are the Counsellors DBS checked?

Yes all Counsellors have an enhanced DBS check.


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