Our counselling at CheckPoint is available for 10-18 year olds in Torbay

A boy speaks to his counsellor

Sometimes the pressures of life, family, growing up, relationships or experiencing losses can become too much. Abuse, bullying, bereavement or isolation can lead to difficult feelings and behaviours such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger or low self-esteem.

At times, everyone feels worried or has problems that may be hard to talk about with the people close to you, this is when you may think about talking to a counsellor.

By working regularly with a counsellor, you may start to think and feel differently, and sometimes make the changes needed.

How to see a counsellor 

You can pop into our drop-in centre (no appointment needed) and we can take some details from you to pass onto our counselling team. You can also be referred by Health Services, CAMHS, school or other services within CheckPoint.

When a referral has been made, you (and your family, depending on your age) will be invited to attend an initial assessment. You will be allocated a counsellor if counselling is the right option for you.

Complete our form

You can also download and fill in our form to request face to face counselling at CheckPoint.

Our form will be sent to our counselling coordinator and she will give email you to confirm your appointment.

Counselling can...

  • Offer you a safe and confidential place to talk about yourself, your life and any difficulties and problems that you have experiences, or are currently experiencing.
  • Help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Help you to take control of your life, achieve what you want to, and feel happy and healthy.
  • Enable you to understand more about what is happening now, and how you would like to change.

Apps that can help you relax and manage anxiety

We have compiled a list of apps that can help.

These apps are available for mobile devices and some can be accessed on your laptop computer, too.

They include:

  • Mindshift - MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety
  • In Hand - This app will assist with strategies for distraction or getting out of a low mood, providing a database of positive media to look back to when feeling low, and recording and processing feelings
  • Calm - Calm offers serene musical notes with calming imagery
  • SAM - SAM is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety