Counselling for Young People

What we do

We provide high quality one-to-one counselling to young people with a variety of mental health needs. We can work with young people who are experiencing anxieties, depression, loss, difficulties with anger, recovery from traumatic events or other difficulties.

How we work

Our core purpose is to provide a confidential counselling service that is available to individuals regardless of age, gender, sexuality, disability, religion or background.
We are an independent service, operating separately from GPs and other Statutory Agencies. We will only report issues to other agencies if we have concerns as to the safety of a client or someone they tell us about. Clients will be offered an initial appointment to ascertain that we are the right service for them. Following this they will be offered weekly counselling sessions with their allocated counsellor. The duration of each session is 50 – 60 minutes. Please be aware that due to high levels of demand for this service clients may have to go onto a waiting list for their ongoing counselling to start.

Our service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and all our counsellors adhere to and work within the BACP Ethical Framework, and are subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.

Who we work with?

We can offer counselling to young people between the ages of 11 and 17. Our Service may not be suitable for some people, but this will be decided between the counsellor and the client during the initial appointment.

Fees

A fee will apply for Counselling sessions and the Initial Assessment and will be discussed with you during the first meeting. Please ring 01494 463364 for further information.

How to access the service

If you would like to refer yourself, or if you are a parent referring your child, to our counselling service in High Wycombe or Aylesbury then please call us on 01494 463364.

Volunteer Youth Counselling Placements with Buckinghamshire Mind

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please complete the online application form below.



APPLICATION TO BECOME AN HONORARY COUNSELLOR ON PLACEMENT
WITH
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND

NB: The application form allows you to provide information in support of your application. Your progress to the next stage of the selection process will depend on the answers you give. The form consists of several sections. E.g. Employment History, Course Details etc. Please ensure that you complete all sections with as much detail as you can.
You need to take care when completing the Personal Statement and keep in mind you are applying for a placement with a mental health charity. Explain why in particular you wish to volunteer for our charity. This is the criteria against which your application will be assessed. Information on our charity can be obtained from this website.

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Work Experience
Please detail previous work or experience, whether paid or not. Starting with the most recent. We are also interested in your life experience which you consider relevant to the voluntary work you wish to pursue.


Training Courses
Please include here relevant details of any training courses that you have attended or are attending
(Please include relevant professional qualifications)


Personal Statement.
Please state here why you wish to undertake an honorary counselling placement with Buckinghamshire Mind and set out your own assessment of your personal strengths and attributes which you believe will assist you as a practitioner:


Personal Therapy
We believe that experience as a client in personal counselling/therapy is essential in developing individual competence as a practitioner. The reasons for this are (a) to have first hand experience and understanding of what it means to be a client and (b) to ensure as much as possible that the practitioner does not bring his/her own limitations and difficulties to the therapeutic relationship. For these reasons we require that you have had or are currently undertaking personal therapy

How many hours of personal therapy have you had to date? (Required)

How many client counselling hours have you completed to date? (Required)

Use this space to add any additional information regarding personal therapy or client contact hours.


Time Commitment
Which day(s) / times would you be available?

Please indicate by ticking the appropriate boxes.

  1. Monday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Thursday
  5. Friday
  6. Saturday
  1. Morning
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes
  7. Yes
  1. Afternoon
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes
  1. Evening
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes


REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ACT 1974

Due to the nature of the work for which you are applying the post is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions (which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the act).

Please sign below and state whether or not any court has at any time found you guilty of an offence. If yes, please give details. If no, please state ‘No Convictions’.


NAME & ADDRESS OF TWO PERSONS WILLING TO SUPPLY REFERENCES
(ONE OF SHOULD BE YOUR PRESENT/MOST RECENT EMPLOYER, IF RELEVANT).

1: Name

Address

Contact Number

Email


2: Name

Address

Contact Number

Email


WE MAY CONTACT YOUR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT – PLEASE GIVE DETAILS AND INCLUDE NAME OF YOUR TUTOR:


You will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check if accepted for an Honorary Placement.

Please tick here if you have an existing DBS Disclosure: Yes


I confirm that all the information I have given throughout the application is true and correct:


Please use this additional area if you would like to add anything else in support of your application