Counselling for Young People

WHY Cancer Charity

What is counselling?
Counselling is a way of exploring your feelings in a safe, supportive relationship. We usually talk about the issues that concern you and sometimes use art or craft materials to help you express yourself if that feels right.  You decide what we talk about or do in sessions. We’re here for you.

How does counselling help?
It may help for you to have someone you can trust outside your family and friends.  You may be able to talk about really difficult things more freely without worrying you are going to upset someone close to you or be judged.  It’s a time each week for you to be yourself.

How many sessions will I have?
We will offer you six sessions to start with and then we will decide together whether you feel that you need more.

Where do we meet?
Our young people’s counsellors work at Frome Community College and Selwood Academy in Frome and Matravers School in Westbury.  If you attend a different school, then counselling is available at the WHY centre in Frome and at our location in Street.

How long do sessions last?
Our sessions last 50 minutes.

Do I have to tell my parents?
If you are under 16 and are coming to see a counsellor at the WHY Centre in Frome or in Street we will ask you to let your parents know that you are coming and get them to sign a form to say that is OK.  If you seeing a WHY counsellor in school, or you are 16 or over it’s your decision about whether you tell your parents.  Whatever age you are you don’t need your parents to book the appointment. You can call or email us and book the appointment yourself.

Is it private?
Yes.  Everything you share with your counsellor is private.  Your counsellor is supported by a supervisor and may talk through some of your issues with her but your privacy will be respected.  The only time confidentiality will be breached is if we feel you or others are at risk.

Does it cost anything?
No, it’s completely free.

I’m still not sure – how can I find out more?
You can call or email us any questions or worries you might have or if you would like to have a private talk with your counsellor beforehand, feel free to ask for that.

How do I book an appointment?
Call us on 01373 455255 or email

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