What is HYA Online Counselling?
Hello, my name is Ruth and I am an online counsellor here at HYA. Here at Hampshire Youth Access we are offering online counselling to young people aged between 14 and 17 (up to the eve of their 18th birthday) who live in Hampshire and are registered with a GP in Hampshire. Unfortunately Portsmouth is not currently supported by this service.
I have 10 years’ experience in face to face counselling and 2 years’ experience in online counselling. I work within the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) ethical framework and I have regular clinical supervision.
We can offer up to 6 ‘live chat’ sessions on a bespoke, secure, platform, each session lasting 50 minutes. These sessions are held at the same time and on the same day each week.
Due to the confidential nature of counselling, we ask you as the client, to be able to use a secure internet connection, and have access to a confidential space in your own home – somewhere quiet where others are not able to see your screen. If you are sharing the device you use with others then do ensure you log off the platform after use.
Counselling is time and space for you to explore your feelings, and anything that is troubling you. If you feel you are ready to ask for some support to help understand how you are feeling, and feel ready to make some changes for yourself, why not register with us and see where your journey might take you?
What do we do?
HYA is a new service that has been set up to help you talk about difficult things that you might be facing in your life. We'll allocate you a trained counsellor who will listen and support you without judgement. We do this all through our secure website which means that you can speak to your counsellor wherever you are.
Online counselling is slightly different to face to face counselling because rather than talking about your problems, you write them down.
All of our counselling happens through the HYA website, so instead of using video or skype-based counselling, we offer ‘live chat sessions’ where you meet your counsellor in an online ‘room’ at an agreed time once a week. This means that you can talk to us on a secure site, safe in the knowledge that what you write will be kept private and confidential.
What do we believe?
We believe that when you need help, things can sometimes get in the way. Perhaps you are finding it hard to cope at the moment? Life might feel difficult or overwhelming? You may have lost your confidence or stopped enjoying the things you used to? Perhaps you’ve reached the stage where you feel like you need help, but you’re not sure what to do next...
When you feel like this, it can be hard to ask for help. You might feel like counselling is an option, but find the thought of sitting in a room with a counsellor feels a bit daunting? Or perhaps you’re finding that practical things are stopping you, like finding time to make an appointment, trouble arranging childcare or physical issues which make it hard to get out and about.
That’s where HYA comes in, giving you a choice about what kind of support you receive, so that you can get things off your chest in your own time, on your own terms.