Counselling - YMCA DownsLink Group


Providing therapy and counselling services to children, young people and families since 1994

Wellbeing is a concept that encompasses both physical and mental health. We are committed to supporting the mental health of young people in our local community by offering professional counselling and therapy. Find out more about our YMCA Dialogue counselling services here.


Why ask for counselling?

Sometimes life can be really difficult and it can feel hard to cope. It’s OK to ask for help. Young people come to counselling for lots of different reasons, such as:

  • Difficulties with parents, family, friends, partners or someone else
  • Sadness, depression, unhappiness – maybe life does not seem worth living
  • Anger, outbursts, or being violent causing concern to those around them
  • Worries about school, college or work
  • Concerns about sex or sexuality
  • Alcohol, using drugs, using legal highs
  • Someone close has died or is very ill
  • Experience of abuse whether sexual, physical, emotional
  • Self harm

Family Mediation at YAC Brighton

Talk it Over is a Brighton & Hove based mediation project for 14–25-year-olds that provides a safe space to talk and to share how you are feeling with a trained mediator. Mediation supports families in crisis is successful in preventing youth homelessness. If you would like to know more or would like support please contact us on the form here.

At talk it over we:

  • Provide a safe, confidential space to talk.
  • Offer family mediation and/or one-to-one parenting support.
  • Listen, reflect, and empathise with all situations.
  • Support any family make-up.
  • Do not take sides or give advice.

Read young people's stories

Andre’s Story

With exams looming Andre was getting into trouble at school. Counselling sessions with YMCA Dialogue enabled him to face up to his fears and develop plans for the future.

Kara’s story

Changes in Kara’s behaviour at school were causing concern. Counselling with YMCA Dialogue helped Kara identify and express her feelings, letting light into a dark period in her life.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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