What support do we offer?

Our clinical team are qualified from diploma to Masters Level and are committed to helping children and young people through challenging times. We adhere to the guidelines set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and all our counsellors are registered with either the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Our under 13s counsellors are trained specifically to work with this age group and have a wealth of experience and knowledge which they draw on every day at the Youth Trust. Our Wellbeing Practitioners offer evidence-based support based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and guided self-help. They will support their clients to work towards an agreed goal and learn coping skills for dealing with different problems and situations.

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The Isle of Wight Youth Trust offers children and young people the opportunity to talk in confidence about any issues or problems. This means that what is said between our client (i.e. the child or young person) and their counsellor will not be discussed with other people (including parents, teachers, friends or anyone) unless the client wants others to know. The only exception to this is if the young person or counsellor is concerned that a young person or child may be at risk of harm. At the end of your child or young person’s sessions with the Youth Trust, we will usually send a brief report to their GP. This will give an outline of the issues covered in counselling and any recommendations we may have for further referral. If your child is under 13, as parents and carers, you will have the right to access any report we send via your child’s GP.


We offer a wide range of one-to-one therapies for 4-25 year olds. 

We provide counselling, IAPT CBT and guided self-help – Through our triage and assessment process our experienced team will work with your child or young person to identify the most helpful type of support for them

What is counselling?

Counselling is an opportunity to discuss any difficult feelings or experiences in a safe and confidential environment. 

Counsellors do not advise but help individuals to understand the nature of their problems through encouraging them to share their thoughts and feelings and guiding them to understand them. Youth Trust counsellors will work with their clients to explore ways of finding a positive way forward, treating them with care, consideration and respect.


What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – it is a type of talking therapy. It is used as a way of helping individuals to recognise unhelpful thoughts and how to see it from a different angle by encouraging them to problem solve and see the situation from a different perspective.

It doesn’t look at the cause of the problem, but looks at the issues the individual is currently experiencing. It can be very effective with young people suffering from different types of anxiety including OCD, Social Anxiety, low mood and depression.

You can read more about CBT at the Youth Trust in this blog.


What is guided self-help?

Guided self-help is a low intensity therapy which helps to focus on and understand the link between thoughts & behaviours, and how these may impact on feelings.  Our Wellbeing Practitioners will support their clients to work towards an agreed goal and learn coping skills for dealing with different problems and situations. Guided self-help uses elements of CBT as is particularly useful for those experiencing anxiety and low mood.  

                                                                                                                          Family Counselling

We offer family counselling service to help support families through what can be some really tough situations. Where a counsellor identifies that a child or young person needs to address wider issues with other members of the family, the Youth Trust can offer family counselling by qualified family counsellors.  

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Get in touch

There are lots of ways to contact us. Whether you’d like to find out more information about our services, make a referral or want to know how you can support us, please get in touch.

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