Introduction to Young People’s Counselling Service
Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) was first opened
in May 1992 as a charitable organisation that provided counselling
for young people aged 11-18 years from Brentwood and surrounding
areas. Through the years YPCS has grown in recognition and what
our Service provides to local communities has become a vital and
Our Service is open to any young people who present with any
form of emotional difficulties or concerns. We recognise that
emotional difficulties experienced by young people can limit their
development, prevent them from achieving their potential and place
them at times at high risk of harm.
Aims of the Service
Through counselling the Service aims to:
a) Support young people in gaining power and freedom to direct
their own lives.
b) Facilitate personal growth, self-awareness and confidence to
help the young person realise their potential.
c) Enable young people to achieve a high degree of personal autonomy,
self- esteem and self-respect in order that they may engage with
the world in ways that will extend their own rights and respect
d) Promote equality of opportunity by supporting young people
in developing their spiritual and cultural identity, enabling
them to address the damaging effects of discrimination and prejudice
on themselves and others.
e) Prevent and alleviate the suffering caused by difficulties
encountered in family and community life, including discrimination,
disadvantage, breakdown and mental ill-health.
Meeting these Aims
The work of the Service covers three distinct areas:
a) Psychological assessment in relation to young peoples needs
and level of risk.
This assessment: explores the present problem, family history
and psychological development of the young person and forms the
basis for a decision to be taken by the Service with regard to
offering the young person counselling or making a referral to
a more appropriate agency.
b) Confidential crisis counselling and ongoing counselling as
appropriate to young people between the ages of 11-18 yrs.
c) A referral service that will enable young people to gain access
to agencies and services most relevant to their needs.