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Signpost is fully committed to the continued provision of counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives.

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Signpost is fully committed to the continued provision of counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives.

Counselling provides a neutral, trusting and non-judgemental relationship in which you can try to resolve your problems. Having someone to listen to you and encourage you helps you to understand and explore your problems and find solutions. Counselling concentrates more on understanding the problem and its causes than coaching or mentoring. The solution you achieve can be external, such as working on having a better relationship with your parents, or internal, such as stopping blaming yourself for something that is not your fault.

  • Early Intervention and Prevention Project (funded by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – CAMHS) provides a maximum of 12 sessions of counselling for 13-18 year-olds who have not previously had support.
  • Young people aged 13-18 who have already received support from specialist CAMHS or from the Early Intervention and Prevention Project but need more support because they have recurring or enduring difficulties can join the waiting list for our ‘Counselling Plus’ project. You will be offered 12 sessions with the possibility of an extension if needed.
  • Young people aged 19-24 whose issues are not serious enough to be seen by Adult Mental Health Services can join our ‘Counselling Plus’ project, but there will be a charge of between £8 and £25 depending on your circumstances.

What we do?

Signpost is fully committed to the continued provision of counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives.

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Counselling
Our main service is one-to-one counselling across South and West Herts.
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Coaching
For people who may not want the intensity of counselling, we have two coaches working for us.
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Groups
We run a variety of groups throughout the year. This year we added remote/video groups to our offer.
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Remote
At Signpost we offer one to one remote counselling. This is either via Zoom or telephone.

Helping to empower young people

Signpost is a local charity which provides counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives. In 2015 we helped over 400 young people.

Application form for new clients
This form should be filled in by the person who requires counselling. If you prefer we can fill in your form with you over the phone. Please phone us on 01923 239495 or 07444 768078.
Giving young people the tools to help themselves
We have run workshops in five local secondary schools on managing stress. We currently have funding from ‘Feeling Good Week’ to develop some videos to model stress-busting activities for young people.
We have been serving the community since 1973
Originally called the ‘Carey Place Young People’s Information and Advisory Service’, Signpost emerged in 1970 when Dr Edwards, a local GP and juvenile magistrate, decided to help the large number of young
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This form should be filled in by the person who requires counselling. Currently counselling is available in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Borehamwood, Rickmansworth, Berkhamsted, Tring and South Oxhey. If you prefer we can fill in your form with you over the phone. Please phone us on 01923 239495 or 07444 768078

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We are a diverse and dynamic team

Signpost is a vibrant and friendly place to work. We are a varied team including clinical specialists and general office roles. When we have staffing needs, they will be publicised locally and on this page

If there are no paid posts, we welcome like-minded people to join the staff team as volunteers support workers and have a rolling programme for recruiting Volunteer Counsellors.

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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
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Identity issues to do with gender, ethnicity or sexuality
  • Coping with the impact of abuse, both physical and emotional
URGENT HELP

If you feel a young person or adult are in danger of seriously hurting themselves you can call 0800 6444 or get help from CAMHS

Text SHOUT to 85258 (All texts are answered by trained volunteers. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin mobile, BT mobile, GifGaff, Tesco mobile and Telecom Plus.)

Samaritans.org – call from any phone anytime for free 116 123

Childline

Resources

List of resources for parents and young people
  • YoungMinds – Talking to your child about coronavirus
  • Kooth – Free, safe and anonymous support
  • TeenTips – Resources for schools and parents
  • Relate.org.uk – Parenting teenagers
  • Dove.com – Expert resources for parents and mentors
  • Beateatingdisorders.org.uk – Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Testimonials

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How we have supported young people in lockdown

Signpost quickly responded to lockdown, putting in place online documents for counsellors and training in Zoom (ensuring compliance with GDPR). Clients did not miss any sessions as telephone or video was immediately offered. Clients were supported to ensure their privacy during sessions by offering more time flexibility when they could speak privately. Counsellors adapted their work in sessions by using the Zoom whiteboard for creative or timeline work to replace paper and pens in the room. The ‘Linked up in Lockdown’ group was set up and parent support was offered to any parents who were struggling.

PARENT SUPPORT

NEW PARENT SUPPORT AVAILABLE

  • Struggling at home?
  • Need support for yourself and your family at this challenging time?
  • Do you need help talking with your children about the crisis?
  • Or just a bit of space for yourself?