Charity (no. 1095964)

The Listening Ear

"Provide counselling for children & young people. Early intervention, easy access, cost effective"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

The Listening Ear supports children and young people aged 5-19 living or in full time educaiton across the BCP Council area. We provide one to one counselling within school settings.

Our fully qualified, BACP registered, DBS checked counsellors provide confidential, person-centred counselling using a range of therapuetic techniques including play therapy, mindfulness, solution focused counselling and art therapy. 

Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Subsidised Charged Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

The Listening Ear has been supporting children and young people throughout the BCP area since 2002; working within schools and youth centres in partnership with BCP council since 2012. Based on our experience working with childen and young people, as well BACP research, we know our clients have benefited in the following ways:        

  • Counselling can stop mental health problems from developing further – this early intervention treatment can stop conditions accelerating into something more serious and complex, and offer children the tools to recognise when they are experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing.
  • Counselling in schools is easy for children to access – The Listening Ear usually see children and young people within 2 weeks
  • Children and young people are more likely to see a school-based counsellor compared to non-school-based services; it cuts down their fears of stigma.
  • Counselling that is school-based helps with behaviour and learning.

We work as a parallel support alongside CAMHS and thereby reducing referrals to these specialist and costly services.

The counselling provided by The Listening Ear is cost effective. Typically, one session of CAMHS costs the same as five sessions of school counselling.

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Funding our service is always our greatest need. The more funds we have, the more childrern with mental health and wellbeing needs we are able to support within our community.

We need people and companies who are passionate about the mental health needs of young people to support our work. We hope this is you!

Please see our website ( for one off donations. We would be very grateful.

If you would like to be involved with our work more long term, please phone 01201 980770 or email  [email protected]. We would love to discuss fund raising and partnering opportunities!

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