Sometimes the pressures of life, family, growing up, relationships or experiencing losses can become too much for young people. Abuse, bullying, bereavement or isolation can lead to difficult feelings and behaviours such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger or low self-esteem. By working regularly with a counsellor, young people can start to change how they feel, and begin to make the changes needed to make their lives better.
Our counselling service at CheckPoint Torbay provides counselling for 10 to 17 year-olds living in Torbay. Referrals come from GP’s, CAMHS, schools, other services within CheckPoint, family or by self referral. After a referral has been made, the young person (or family if appropriate depending on age) will be contacted by the counselling coordinator or one of our counselling project workers, who will discuss the young person’s needs. Then we may offer an assessment session or refer on to a more appropriate service. If it is felt that counselling is appropriate, the young person will be allocated a counsellor. All our counsellors are either in the final stages of their training, or fully qualified, and all are fully supervised.
Schools & Colleges Counselling
We also provide counselling services under contract to Torquay Academy, Dartmouth Academy and South Devon College, and are looking to extend this service to other schools and colleges in Torbay and South Devon.
We have a number of counsellors who offer sessions to pupils and students at these establishments. Referrals are made either through the establishment, or directly to us at CheckPoint Torbay.
CheckPoint Torbay’s counselling services are a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).