If you are depressed or angry about something don’t be afraid to ask for counselling, it really does help. It was nice to be able to be honest without being judged.
We offer a free counselling service for children and young people aged 12-24 who live in Macclesfield and surrounding areas.
We know that it can be tough growing up and that children and young people can be faced with lots of different stressors coming from any angle – school/college, family, relationships, friendships, finding or keeping a job, money troubles or self-image. If pressure builds up the person’s wellbeing can be affected and they could feel low, anxious angry or scared. Many young people are struggling with how they feel and counselling can help them talk things through, support them without making them feel judged, and in confidence, it can make a positive difference to their lives. For more information, have a look below at our frequently asked questions or get in touch.
Due to the latest national lockdown, we are unfortunately not currently offering any face to face counselling. However, we are still here for you and are pleased to offer telephone counselling for young people aged 17 and under, and a choice of telephone or video counselling for young people aged 18+. Just Drop-In will continue to be here for you throughout this pandemic so please do contact us through the contact form below, or alternatively you can contact us by telephone, email or social media during this time.
Where does counselling take place?
Our counselling service is limited to children and young people who live in the north of Cheshire East – that’s Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow, Handforth, Knutsford and the villages in-between.
If you live outside of this footprint, you could try the following sources of support:
- Stockport: www.beacon-counselling.org.uk
- Central and Southern Cheshire East: www.visyon.org.uk
Most of our sessions take place in Macclesfield but we do offer some sessions in Poynton, Knutsford and Wilmslow (pre-Covid).
Will I have to wait a long time?
We aim to offer everyone a first appointment within 2 weeks and to be able to start counselling within 6.
We work hard to keep our waiting times short but this can sometimes be difficult if a lot of people contact us at once.
Please understand if you have to wait a little bit longer.
There is generally a longer wait for evening and weekend slots. If you don’t want to wait and can afford, you can search for a private counsellor at www.bacp.co.uk.
Is there any support for children who are aged under 12?
If you are worried about a child of this age, the first port of call should be their GP.
We are currently undertaking a pilot to work with a small number of children aged 8-12 – please contact us to discuss this further.
When does counselling take place?
We have counselling appointments available most days between 11-8pm. We also have some availability on a Saturday. We always try our best to match you to time that works for you.
Is counselling confidential?
Counselling is confidential unless we become critically concerned about you or someone else. Confidentiality is important to us and we would discuss this for you in counselling sessions – we encourage you to ask questions about this so you are properly informed.
We have completed a Privacy Notice that provides more information on this for you.
How long can I come to counselling for?
We offer Brief Solution Focused Counselling of 6 sessions and Person Centred of up to 12 sessions. A Counsellor would talk to you about this when you came in for an initial discussion.
How do I make a referral?
We take referrals direct from young people. We do not need a referral from a school or GP.
Parents can refer younger children if they have discussed it with them in advance. To refer, just contact us and we will take some basic information and offer you an initial slot to come in and have a chat.
Can you help with every issue?
Unfortunately we cannot help with everything. We work with children and young people who are experiencing early or moderate difficulties – anyone with higher mental health needs would receive a more appropriate service from a different source. We advise you to discuss this with your GP. Sometimes a more specialist service is needed we can provide guidance on where to go for help.
Just Drop-In has a strong and skilled counselling team which is made up of 15 qualified and 2 trainee counsellors or play therapists. All of our counsellors are members of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP.co.uk) or Play Therapy UK www.playtherapy.org.uk).