Children and Young People’s Counselling


NECS can work with children as young as four – young children can be anxious because of conflict at home or if their parents break up. Our experienced counsellors use a wide variety of play therapy techniques to understand what is going on and help them to become more settled.

Young people are under more and more pressure these days – from exam stress, hormone changes during adolescence, peer group pressure, and deciding what to do when they leave school. Social media (eg ‘cyber-bullying’) can also cause problems with their image and confidence. We work with children and young people from the age of 4-17 to help them understand what impact various influences are having on their life and how to improve it.

If you are a parent and concerned about your child we can help. You may have identified that your son or daughter is withdrawn, feeling low and not communicating with you as normal. We have specialist counsellors who can help by putting your child at ease and helping them to talk about issues and provide solutions. 

Children and Young People Counselling - Top 6 presenting issues 30/10/16 to 30/09/17

Anxiety 56%
Stress 51%
Low Mood 39%
Anger 38%
Behavioural Issues 34%
Low Self Esteem 33%

Children and Young People Counselling - Top 6 underlying issues 30/10/16 to 30/09/17

Family Issues 54%
Relationship Problems 37%
School Issues 26%
Attachment Issues 26%
Bereavement 19%
Bullied 18%

We provide children and young people’s counselling at £40 per 50-minute session from our premises in central Gateshead and in some schools. Usually, sessions take place weekly or fortnightly; on average you will need 8 -10 sessions.

To book an appointment call (0191) 466 1314

We also provide free counselling if you are a war veteran or family member of a war veteran and live in Gateshead, a Carer in Gateshead or you are aged from 9 to 25 and live in Gateshead (this project is currently closed until further notice).

The free counselling services are funded by Newcastle/Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to such a high demand for counselling under our current funding for 9/25 year old’s we have now suspended this project. Unfortunately we have needed to suspend this project and already have a waiting list which is also closed now until further notification from this website.

Here’s a video that demonstrates what children and young people face and how we can help: