Young People's Counselling
Free and confidential counselling for young people under the age of 18

About Counselling…talking things through with a Counsellor can really help

Young peopleIt can support you if you are:

  • Feeling isolated & lonely, unhappy or depressed, angry or violent
  • Experiencing family problems, difficulties at school, college or work
  • Having drug or alcohol problems, eating difficulties, or you are self-harming
  • Experiencing abuse or discrimination
  • Exploring sexual identity and relationships
  • Or you just want someone to talk to….

About the counsellor…

Our counsellor is a lesbian who works with young people who are exploring or questioning their sexuality and/or identity. She will give you a safe space to talk privately about how you feel and help you to clarify and understand any concerns you may have. If there are any changes you may want to make in your life she will help you to think this through by supporting you in making your own choices without telling you what you should do.

How to make an appointment…

You can refer yourself. You do not need to be referred by your GP or anyone else. You can call Deryn Howard to arrange a meeting with the counsellor on 020 7700 1323 between 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday, or email Deryn at

You will be invited to come to PACE for an initial appointment. This will give you the opportunity to talk to the counsellor about what is concerning you and she will look with you at what support would be most appropriate to you.

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This could include:

  • A one-off meeting
  • Short-term Counselling (weekly up to 12 weeks)
  • Referral to an other service within PACE and/or other agencies

After the initial meeting if a space is not available you may be put on a waiting list and we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange further sessions.

If you are in crisis and in need of immediate phone support, you can contact:
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 020 7837 7324 (10am-11pm) -

  • Chidline - 0800 11 11 (available 24hrs a day) Free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK
  • Or contact The Samaritans on tel: 08457 90 90 90
    The Samaritans can also be emailed a

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Counselling is a confidential process and we will talk through PACE's confidentiality policy with you at the first meeting.

At PACE, all counsellors are supervised on a regular basis and abide by the 'Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy'(BACP). The Young People's Counsellor is a qualified psychotherapist registered with (UKCP) United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.



We make every effort to provide you with a service of the highest quality and standard. If you are dissatisfied with the service that you receive, we have a complaints policy that you can access at any point - simply ask your counsellor or a member of PACE staff for a copy.