The Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) is a registered charity providing a free, confidential service that can be accessed by young people aged between 11-18 years old in emotional difficulty. We provide up to 12 sessions of counselling from fully trained and qualified counsellors and therapists. Young people can refer themselves or be referred by a parent/carer, GP, professional or school.’
The Young People’s Counselling Service was set up over 25 years ago by Dr. Gilly Evans, a forward-thinking GP. Dr. Evans recognised that young people had mental health needs that were not being met by the NHS and so created Whittlesey Young People’s Counselling Service after the town where this journey began.
The demand Dr. Evans saw is now greater than ever, and the charity has continued to grow to bridge the gap. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its board of trustees and team of volunteers, YPCS has grown massively in the last 3 years. We have been able to open the Annabelle Davis Centre in Yaxley, named after one of our patrons. This is the location of our head office and where some of our therapy/counselling sessions take place.
Our aim is to provide high quality one-to-one therapy to young people in the local area who are aged 11-18 and in need of support. We currently offer counselling, Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. We also offer education about mental health issues in schools to both staff and pupils.
In the future, we aim to expand the range of support we offer and make more support for both younger children and parents available. We aim to develop the Annabelle Davis Centre into a family resilience centre, where opportunities for early intervention can be identified and solutions can be found to support families and help prevent mental health issues escalating.
Young People’s Counselling Service
Annabelle Davis Centre
Peterborough PE7 3JD
Phone: 01733 903288
Registered Charity No. 1190555