Signpost provides counselling, coaching and other support to help young people living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives. In 2017 we helped nearly 500 young people.

The most common difficulties they faced were:

•  Problems with relationships in the home and at school
•  Depression and anxiety
•  Identity issues to do with gender, ethnicity or sexuality
•  Coping with the impact of abuse, both physical and emotional
•  Low self-esteem

What we offer:

We are different from many providers because we use private but easy-to-get-to premises, our appointments are mostly outside of school/work hours, we are independent from  the adults in your life (except for when you want us to include them or we have to tell them something to keep you safe), and, whenever possible, we respond to your needs on your terms.  Our services differ according to your age:

  • When we have funding, 11-12 year-olds can join one of our groups, such as ‘Dealing with Feelings’ group
  • 13-18 year-olds who are unable to access support from their School, GP or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services can receive 12 sessions of free counselling or coaching.  If your needs are really serious we may agree form you to progress to longer-term counselling for young people with enduring or recurring difficulties.  There may be a wait and you are unlikely to see the same counsellor.
  • 19-24 year-olds who are not eligible to access Adult Mental Health Services can receive on0-going counselling, but there is a charge of £8-£25 depending on earnings