Two Brighton & Hove based youth organisations – Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre – are launching a new online counselling service for young people aged 13-25 in Brighton & Hove.
The ‘E-motion’ online counselling project is a partnership between Sussex Central YMCA Youth Advice Centre, Impact-Initiatives Young People’s Centre, and the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG.)
The digital service which will offer 13-25 year olds in Brighton & Hove the opportunity to experience counselling by email, compliments their already existing vital face to face counselling services.
E-motion is open to everyone, however due to the nature of their work and the funding available, the service aims to target young people who, for whatever reason do not chose to access face to face counselling.
It will also be a great help when other services are shut during school holidays or when young individuals can’t travel to a face-to-face appointment or can’t make the same time every week.
To get in touch, individuals send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . They are then invited to give some basic details about themselves. E-motion then tailor the online counselling to make sure it is the right service for the individual.
Ginny Roads, Counselling Co-ordinator at the Young People’s Counselling Service in Central Brighton said: “This is an exciting new project giving young people the opportunity access an alternative to counselling other than talking to a counsellor face to face. It meets young people where they feel most comfortable, is often more convenient and reflects their growing use of technology and the internet “
At present the service is a pilot project, but all e-counsellors are experienced in dealing with young people, have completed online counselling training and work in accordance with the BACP professional codes and standards. By working with the Brighton and Hove CCG and their GP’s the project will be promoted accordingly to make sure that everyone knows how and where to refer to.
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