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talk-2-us  is a low cost confidential counselling service for West Kent - working with children, young people and adults aged 8 to 30 plus. We can often work with several family members - each seeing a different member of our counselling team to maintain strict professional boundaries and confidentiality.
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 Why?  Young people can access counselling with us for many different reasons.  Typical issues can include not making sense of themselves or others, relationship breakdown, sexual, physical or mental abuse, self-harm, bullying and young parenting issues.

 How does it work?  If you think you may like to meet with a counsellor, ask your key worker to arrange an initial talk-2-us appointment for you.  This will give you an opportunity to meet a counsellor and decide if counselling is right for you at this time.  It will also give you time to discuss your goals for counselling.  If you want to go ahead with six weekly sessions you may be asked to complete an assessment form (with your counsellor or key worker) and also sign our talk-2-us counselling contract.
 How often?  talk-2-us will offer you weekly counselling sessions, which last for around 45 minutes.  The length of time depends on the complexity of your issues and your own wishes.  We usually offer six weekly sessions, although sometimes a few more sessions are needed.  On some occasions, we are able to offer longer term support.
 Where do you go?  We hold most talk-2-us counselling sessions at YMCA Tower House, Vale Rise, Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1TB.  The talk-2-us counselling room is a dedicated, safe space for confidential counselling sessions. There is a small kitchen area where you can wait quietly before your appointment [if you arrive 10-15 minutes early - which we recommend so you are not rushing].  You are also very welcome to use our kitchen area if you want to quietly chill after your counselling. 
      Directions - to YMCA Tower House  www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/tower   

 Further Details?   If you decide counselling may be helpful for you, and you would like to know more or arrange an appointment, please contact your Key Worker who can refer you and help set up an initial appointment for you to talk-2-us and see if counselling would be helpful.
 What is Counselling?   Counselling takes place when a Counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose.  It is always at the request of the client as no one can be ‘sent’ for counselling. [Definition: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – BACP]

 Why not talk-2-us … ? 
bookings and enquiries:
  phone 01892 572 311 (& voicemail)
or
  email
talk2us@WestKentYMCA.org.uk

Voicemail messages are confidential and are usually checked every 2 to 3 days for new referrals or cancellation messages
When we have your contact details we will email, call or text to confirm if you are on our waiting list or when your first assessment appointment is booked. Sometimes we can offer you a first meeting within a few days - so please make sure you leave your contact details to call or text or email you [or your support worker]
If you don't hear back within 7 days please contact us again and leave your full contact details - as we may not have been able to hear your message clearly or contact you
Please also contact us as soon as possible if you are booked in for counselling or initial assessment but cannot make your appointment for any reason
Are you in a crisis? See in a crisis - for emergency contacts and other help
Click these links to download:
talk2us information leaflet | talk2us referral form

We are pleased to be listed in the Counselling Directory www.counselling-directory.org.uk
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