Counselling and assessment at YASP

What is counselling?

Counselling is a way for you to talk about your problems and to find new ways to cope. You will meet in a room with a qualified counsellor who will help you talk about your problems and the difficulties you have had. You can talk to one of our counsellors in private in a safe and supportive space. You can also have an appointment for a one-off assessment if this is what you would prefer.

Can you help me?

Our service is free for anyone aged 15 to 25 who lives in Manchester. Lots of people find counselling helpful. The list below are the most common reasons why people come to us for help. We have also helped people who are coping with difficult things that have happened (e.g. Having to leave home, the end of a relationship, bullying, bereavement and abuse).

When are you open?

Our counsellors are here during the week – you can choose whether to come in the morning or afternoon or to one of our evening appointments. The counselling service is above the YASP Café in Levenshulme. The sessions are free of charge and interpreters can be provided.

Get in touch

You can download a referral form below. If you have any questions then please contact the counselling service via counselling@manchestermind.org or on 0161 221 3054.

Having counselling can help you feel better about yourself and find ways to cope with things you find difficult

“I look positively into the future and I am not afraid of failure”.

My name is Eva and I am 25. I live in Manchester and am originally from Poland. Last winter lots of things happened in my life. I split up with my husband. I lost my job. My best friend turned against me and it resulted in huge attack of depression. Even though I was on anti-depressants for 3 years it didn't seem to help anymore. I've been twice to A&E, spent 8 days in a crisis point - nothing helped. I was very afraid that this attack of depression would have a fatal end, so I called my dad with whom I don't have a close relationship and asked for help. Because of his old age he couldn't come to be with me. In case I couldn't find help I left a goodbye note inside a kitchen cupboard for my friends not be blame themselves should the worst happen.

“In the counselling sessions I learnt how to take care of myself, change my false beliefs, think reasonably and don't despair, so that the therapy worked very well for me”.

I began having counselling at YASP and things started to change. My counsellor quickly recognised what was wrong and notified my GP. Finally, receptionists in my health practice started treating my complaints seriously and gave me emergency appointments with my GP when I needed them. My counsellor made me feel that I am not alone with my problems anymore and it made me trust her. In the counselling sessions I learnt how to take care of myself, change my false beliefs, think reasonably and don't despair, so that the therapy worked very well for me. For the first time in years I gained hope and belief that I can be healthy and happy. I saw that it was my mental health that had caused my pain and I could stop it.

Six months into therapy I can say that this is the best time in my life. Finally, I solved the problems that had been swept under the carpet for years with anti-depressants. I can enjoy life like every other person without the constant pain depression caused me. At the moment I am working on starting my own photography business with the hope to help other women boost their self-esteem. I look positively into the future and I am not afraid of failure. I know there will be days when things will go wrong but it is OK, because thanks to counselling I received at YASP there will be no more suicide notes ever. I live a new life now.

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