The Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) is a registered charity providing a free and confidential service that can be accessed by anyone aged between 11 and 18 years old in emotional difficulty. Common problems we encounter include family and relationship difficulties, issues regarding loneliness and anxiety, problems associated with low self esteem and bullying, self harm, abuse, addiction, distress through bereavement or loss, depression and difficulty with decision making.


COVID-19 Service Update

Due to a rising number of referrals YPCS has made the decision to close our waiting list to all new referrals from 25thJune 2021 to 26thJuly 2021. Existing referrals are on our waiting list and we will be in contact with you when an appointment becomes available. We will be reviewing our position on a weekly basis. We may be able to open the waiting list sooner, so please check the website for up-to-date information.

If your email is non-referral related, a member of the team will endeavour to respond within 48hrs. If you need to speak to a member of the team please call 01733 903288. All existing clients should contact their therapist directly.

If  you or your child need to be seen in an emergency, please call 111 (option 2) for the NHS first response service. If it is a non-urgent referral please contact your GP for advice. 

Covid-19 guidance for the Annabelle Davis Centre can be downloaded here.

What Is Mental Health?

WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Worldwide 10-20% of children & adolescents experience mental disorders.

Neuropsychiatric conditions are the leading cause of disability in young people in all regions.

If untreated, mental health problems severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives.

Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and discrimination, as well as lack of access to health care and education facilities, in violation of their fundamental human rights.

Mental health is a big issue for young people
It has a big impact in adulthood

Young People need more support

3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need.


The average maximum waiting time nationally for a first appointment with CAMHS and nearly 10 months until the start of treatment


CAMHS is turning away nearly a quarter of children referred to them for treatment by concerned parents, GPs, teachers and others.

0.1 %

Just 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health and only 16% of this is spent on early intervention.

Young People’s Counselling Service
Annabelle Davis Centre
School Bungalow
Peterborough PE7 3JD

Phone: 0800 634 4395
E-mail: admin@ypcs.uk

Registered Charity No. 1190555