Young People's Counselling


Tilehouse Counselling provides professional counselling for young people in Hitchin and surround areas (postcode list). This service is offered to young people between the age of 13 and 18 who are suffering from emotional difficulties and feel the need to talk to someone. Counselling for people under 19 is fully subsidised fully, but we ask parents if they are able to make an affordable contribution to our costs to allow us to reach as many young people as possible.


"My mental health would have gotten to the point where I would have dropped out of school"


"My confidence has improved - I don't feel scared to speak in class. I have more friends now"


Who is it for?


Young people whatever their race, religion, sexuality, gender-identity or socio-economic group.

Young people aged 13-15 can be referred by their parents. Young people aged 16 and over can refer themselves, or will need to give consent for a parent to share their information with us. This can be done over the phone or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please clearly state your name and your parent's name).



When is counselling useful?


Young people come for counselling for all kinds of reasons. The kinds of things you might want to talk through could include:


  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Relationships
  • Gender identity
  • Sexuality
  • Drug, alcohol and food-related issues
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Self-harming and suicidal thoughts
  • A traumatic experience like abuse, violence or a significant change or loss
  • Health including sexual health
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Bullying, racism and sexism
  • School stress and academic pressure



What you tell you Counsellor is confidential, and you can expect what you say to be treated with sensitivity, respect and discretion. However, in order to ensure the quality of counselling, all counsellors have regular consultative support in supervision. Identifying details of individual clients are witheld. The only circumstances in which confidentiality would be broken is when a counsellor considers someone to be at risk of serious harm. Ideally, and in the majority of cases, this is done with a client's full knowledge. Our safeguarding policy is here.


For more information contact us