What is Counselling?
Sometimes we all have problems that worry us and it’s not always easy to talk to someone close to us. A counsellor is someone you can talk to in a different way, someone who will listen to you very carefully, who will not judge you or tell you what to do.
Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself, making decisions and choices and helping you to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself. Think of a confusing jigsaw when all the pieces are difficult to fit together.
Talking about a problem in counselling is like sorting out all the pieces so we can begin to build a picture that makes more sense to us.
A counselling session is time and space for you and nobody else. It is entirely voluntary; no-one can make you go.
Counselling at Mindspace
Anyone aged from 11 to 17 years of age can access counselling at Mindspace. You can self-refer by clicking below to complete a registration form. Once we have received your form, we will be in touch to offer you an appointment as soon as one is available.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call us on 01738 631639.
Counselling in Schools
Mindspace offers counselling in the following secondary schools: The Community School Of Auchterarder, Crieff High School, Kinross High School, Perth Grammar School, Perth High School and St. John’s Academy and all their feeder primary schools (P6 and P7 only).
If you want to access counselling at your school talk to your guidance teacher, parent or carer.
If you don’t attend any of these schools you may be able to access counselling through your own school, so check with your guidance teacher.
What Kind of Things Could I Talk About in Counselling?
Basically, whatever matters to you or whatever is worrying you. Here are some examples of things other young people have talked about:
• Feeling depressed/anxious
• Making friends/keeping friends
• Chaos at home
• Feeling angry and don’t know why
• Having a tough time
• Parents splitting up
• Death of someone special
• Confused feelings about who I am
• Wanting to hurt myself or others
What you talk about with us is confidential. That means it’s between you and your counsellor. It’s your time and your space to be with someone who is there for you and nobody else.
There is one exception to this: if you or someone else is at risk of serious harm, the counsellor may need to talk to someone else to help keep you safe. However, the counsellor would try to talk with you about this first.
Appointments & Cancellations
Appointments are free of charge. Sessions are currently held over telephone or via the online meeting platform Teams. We are also offering limited face-to-face appointments. If you decide counselling is for you at your first appointment, the counsellor will agree a regular time each week for you to meet.
If you have made an appointment with your counsellor he or she will be there to meet you. If you have to cancel please let the counsellor know by telephoning 01738 631639. You may need to leave them a message if they are not there.
Supported by the STV Children’s Appeal