Finding Counselling and Parent Support

Parenting support courses are free courses to help parents develop strategies for coping with their children. They are run by city councils and local charities and are available for different age groups. For the South-West UK they are listed by locality at the bottom of this page or for other areas can be found via your council website. Very popular with parents, fun, helpful and a chance to meet other parents with children of similar ages as your own.

Children’s centres are for children under 5 yrs and their parents and offer all sorts of support and activities. Many offer childcare, play sessions, exercise classes, baby massage, parenting classes and also advice on money and other support and training for parents. Find your local one by visiting your city council website.

Kooth online counselling and resources for children and young people. Log in on a computer or smartphone and chat to a counsellor in the afternoons and evenings. There are also blogs and articles. Only accessible for 10-18 year olds. Good for those that either don’t want, or can’t afford, face-to -face counselling. Free, but you need to create a log-in for confidentiality. 

Finding information on local resources: Youth Wellbeing Directory will find available mental health support organisations in your area using your postcode and show it to you on google maps. You can also search resources by key words. 

Finding private counselling in your area: lists private counsellors who all have a BACP diploma with a description of where they work and types of therapy.

International support and counselling

  • Australia: advice and a search facility via raisingchildren.au here
  • New Zealand: various options for finding counselling here. In the Wellington and Auckland area this organisation offer some low cost counselling for families from ParentHelp here

Click the locations below to find local resources for South-West UK

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