Head office: 01245 269335; Chelmsford: 01245 359353/07958 076001; Basildon: 01268 822800/07717 126407 info@renew-us.org

Children's Counselling

Who is it for?

We work with any school-age child.

How can counselling help my child?

Children’s social development and progress at school can be severely affected by emotional problems.

These may include:

  • Anger and aggression.
  • Anxiety and worries.
  • Persistent sadness.
  • Low confidence.
  • Difficulties in friendships and family relationships, or becoming withdrawn.

Difficulties may be triggered by events such as:

  • Family conflict.
  • Parental separation.
  • Bereavement.
  • Bullying at school.
  • The effects of trauma, abuse and neglect.

or there may be no clear ‘reason’ for the problem.

Counselling helps children:

  • To express and make sense of their thoughts and feelings, so that they are able to cope better with problems and develop greater self-awareness and self-confidence.
  • Develop better relationships with those around them.
  • Find new ways of managing difficult feelings and situations.

What’s involved?

First of all, one of our experienced counsellors will meet with the child and parents or main carers to discuss the problem and assess how to help. The child will then meet with the counsellor for fifty minutes each week at a regular time; the number of sessions will be agreed between the child, the counsellor and the parent/carer.

As children often find it hard to put their feelings into words, the counselling process involves using play and art to communicate, as well as talking – each child finds their own way to express themselves.

The child’s needs and wishes are central to the process. The counsellor’s role is to develop a safe, respectful and trusting relationship where the child can ‘tell their story’ and problems can be thought about and coped with.

We will involve parents and carers in regular reviews of progress; the counsellor will discuss this with those concerned.

What about confidentiality?

We will not share information about your child with anyone outside the counselling service, unless we have your consent to do so. The only exception to this is if the child’s safety is at risk. The counsellor will discuss this with you, and with the child, at the first appointment.

To make an initial appointment to discuss the problems, and to see whether counselling is right for your child, please contact your local centre:

Renew Counselling at Sycamore Centre in Chelmsford:

01245 359353 or sycamore@renew-us.org

Renew Counselling at Bridge Centre in Basildon:

01268 822800 or bridge@renew-us.org

How much does it cost?

Renew is a charity that offers low cost and sometimes funded professional counselling to the community and surrounding areas.

The actual cost of a counselling session is around £45-£50 but, in many cases, we can subsidise this.  Our ethos is to provide as much affordable counselling as we can so, when you come in for assessment or call to discuss your child’s counselling, you will be asked how much you are able to contribute towards the cost.  Our fees start at £15 per session and, for people who are unemployed and living on benefits, we can sometimes offer a bursary of £5 per session.  The bursaries are limited, are only offered if available and are for up to 24 sessions.

We do actively see support and funding for the counselling we offer.  So, on occasion we will have fully funded sessions available to clients fulfilling criteria set out by our funders.  When you contact us, we will take you through whatever options are available.

Currently we are proud to work in partnership with:

Mid Essex CCG – Re-ed, our eating disorders service in Chelmsford.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG – our young people’s service in Basildon.

Essex County Council Fifxtra – supporting families and individuals – online.

ReSet – supporting a range of individuals, details on enquiry.

Shaw Trust – supporting a range of individuals across Essex, details available on enquiry.

Diocese Scheme – Supporting clergy and those who work in the Church of England.

Castlepoint and Rochford CC – counselling for staff at our Basildon centre.


Our Bursary is supported by Anglia Water Trust.


Opening Times

Sycamore Centre
  • Monday 12.00noon – 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.30am – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am – 12.00noon
    4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Bridge Centre
  • Monday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 11.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.30am – 2.00pm
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Renew’s therapeutic services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and we adhere to their ethical framework for the Counselling Professions 2018. Renew Counselling is a registered charity No 1084940 and a Company limited by guarantee, registered in England. Registered office: Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AH Company No. 4099810 TM The name, logotype and four squares graphic device are registered Trademarks (Reg No: 3015144) of Renew Counselling