Young persons service

The Young Persons’ Service at PARCS offers individual counselling for people aged between 11-24 years who live in Portsmouth City and South East Hampshire.


What is counselling?

Counselling offers a non-judgemental setting in which you can freely discuss a wide range of problems or fears that you might be experiencing.

We understand that sometimes you just don’t have the words or the courage to talk; therefore we can offer creative therapies which can also help to explore the issues that might bring you to therapy.

It can sometimes be helpful to talk to someone who doesn’t know you and isn’t part of your family.


First session

A counselling room

One of our counselling rooms

We will invite you to a first appointment so that you can meet your counsellor; you are able to bring a parent or carer to this first appointment if you want to.  They are welcome to wait in the waiting room during further sessions if this is what you want.

The first appointment is important because it provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about PARCS or about counselling in general.

During the meeting the counsellor will take time to learn more about you and see if PARCS is the right service to support you. 

The counselling sessions are confidential.  If a counsellor believes that you are in immediate danger or you are at risk of harm, they may need to talk to other professionals to ensure your safety.  The counsellor will always try to talk to you first about this.



Referrals can be made by you, by family members or other professionals.