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Counselling for young people

Many young people are struggling with how they feel. Our services are provided regardless of gender, ability, sexual orientation, transgender, race, ethnicity, ability, belief or faith.

We can help with worry, stress, burnout, depression, family or relationship problems and other mental health issues you are experiencing. Counselling is an opportunity to talk about difficult feelings or experiences to someone who will listen to you. Counselling can enable positive changes to take place leading to a healthier, happier and more hopeful outlook.

We provide counselling in a number of venues: our main hub on Norfolk Street, Cambridge and our other sites at Sawston and Ely Library. Some of the issues people bring to counselling are:

  • Abuse
  • Adoption/Fostering
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Behaviour
  • Divorce
  • Employment issues
  • Loneliness/Isolation
  • Parent/child relationship
  • Physical health issues
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial/cultural issues
  • Relationship with ex-partner
  • Sexual orientation
  • Step family situation
  • Transgender issues
  • Abuser
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Internet Porn
  • Miscarriage
  • Personal Identity
  • Pregnancy (unwanted)
  • Problems arising from childhood
  • Relationship with partner
  • Sexual issues
  • Single parent issues
  • Suicidal
  • Trauma

The list is not exhaustive and merely indicates the range of things people can be dealing with when reaching out to the charity.

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the above, please get in touch. Call us on 01223 464385| Email us at

Client’s Counselling Leaflet

Download the Client Information Leaflet

Questions you may have

Counselling is an opportunity to talk about difficult feelings or experiences to someone who will listen to you. Counsellors help young people with worries and other problems and may be able to help you to make sense of some of your thoughts and feelings. It will happen in a friendly room at The Cogwheel Trust. In the room there are arts and crafts that you can use to help you express how you feel.

Each session will last about 50 minutes (just under an hour). The first time you meet with your counsellor he or she will be able to give you an idea as to how many times you will come to The Cogwheel Trust. Once you have begun counselling you will see the same counsellor each week.

Maybe things are tough at home or school or you are feeling sad or unhappy. You may be struggling with a specific issue or feeling confused, worried, muddled or unsure about your situation. Many different people come to counselling – children, teenagers and adults and it is a space to think about how you feel and to help you with these feelings.

You can tell others you are coming to The Cogwheel Trust – it is not a secret – but you don’t have to.

You can talk about anything you want to when you come to The Cogwheel Trust. There is nothing you should or shouldn’t talk about, and nothing too big or small to talk about. Our counsellors will not be judging you or your family.

What you talk about is private and confidential. Your counsellor will not tell anyone what you talk about unless they are really worried that you may not be safe. If the counsellor does feel they need to talk to someone else about what you have said, they will always try and tell you first.

Counselling can be talking but can also be drawing, writing -other ways of expressing how you feel.  The counselling rooms at The Cogwheel Trust have art materials which you can use in your counselling sessions.

Questions parents may have

If you feel like your child is experiencing difficulties with their mental health, please get in touch. You may also find it useful to discover more about the option of family counselling.

For FAQs by children and parents, click here.

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