Talking therapy & counselling for children & young people

Younger children

Talking therapy can be harder to find for younger children.

To access this free on the NHS, you would need to see your GP or health visitor in the first instance to be referred (if appropriate) into either

  • CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Surrey.

If you wish to go privately or have private insurance, you will usually need to go through your GP to see a child psychiatrist for an assessment before an onward referral for therapy.

Healthcare on Demand in Guildford do offer therapy for younger children privately.

Older children, teenagers & young people

If you and your child think that they may benefit from or your GP or teacher suggests getting help, here are some free and private services locally that might help.


Heads Together – free counselling sessions for 14-24 year olds in various locations, nearest being Leatherhead. Self-referral. Tel. 01737 378481

Surrey Youth Counselling Service – 6 sessions of free confidential face-to-face support at the Jarvis Centre in Guildford


BACP: the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists  lists all recognised practitioners and helps you find a therapist near you.

Counselling Directory lists lots of useful articles and resources about the different types of help available and enables you to find a therapist near to you

Optima Health A local wellbeing service based in Cobham offering 1-2-1 counselling, couples counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

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