Counselling for children and young adults in Northamptonshire

What is counselling?

Counselling is spending time with someone who is specially trained to help you to talk about your problems and feelings. Everything you say is confidential*, and there’s no pressure. You might find it difficult to talk at first, and that’s very normal. We understand it’s not easy.

the lowdown offers a free and confidential counselling service for children and young adults from 12 to 25. Our counselling is ‘person centered’ which basically means we won’t judge you or tell you what to do.

Sometimes a one-off session will be enough to put your mind at rest or direct you towards the additional help and support you need. Sometimes a session or weekly series of sessions can help you to work through your issues until you no longer need to attend. You’ll see the same counsellor each week, and can talk about anything – whatever is on your mind; whatever is preventing you from enjoying your life in the way you want to. Your counsellor will listen and support you. You don’t have to struggle on your own.

Why should I talk to a stranger?

Sometimes it’s easier, although we understand that it can feel uncomfortable at first.

Your lowdown counsellor:

  • is specially trained to help you work through your issues
  • has experience in helping children and young adults just like you
  • understands the issues you’re struggling with
  • is outside of the situation, so can be objective and help you to look at things from all angles
  • can help you to better understand your problems and to find the possible solutions
  • won’t judge you or tell you what to do
  • will listen and support you so you can cope with whatever is troubling you

Your first session will be an Introduction session where we’ll explain all about the service and answer any questions you may have before we book your counselling session or sessions with a lowdown counsellor.

I’d like some counselling. What do I do now?

  • Please call us on 01604 634385 to make an appointment (or someone can make an appointment for you). Let us know whether you would prefer to see a male or female counsellor. You can choose.
  • If you want to speak to a counsellor you can call our helpline on 01604 622223 during opening times. You’ll get the answer machine when we’re not open, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Email us at:


Anything you share with us will be treated as confidential, so don’t worry about being honest about what’s happening. We will not pass on your details to anyone outside the lowdown unless you’ve asked us to. The only exceptions to this are legal requirements around Safeguarding issues, Terrorism and Drug Trafficking.

We have to report terrorism and drug trafficking offences. Safeguarding means that in exceptional circumstances, if we believe you or someone known to you has been or may be in danger, we will share that information. We will do our best to get permission from you, or the person involved, before we do this. When you contact us, we don’t insist on getting your contact details, so full disclosure may not always be possible.

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