Mental Health & Counselling

 
“Each week,
You've been there for me,
Letting me ramble about whats wrong,
Just listening and not judging me
Trying to get me to describe how i feel,
Trying to find ways of coping instead of harming,
Making me feel like it was safe to talk about everything,
Being there when i felt like i had no one,
I know i never told you…
But being able to talk to each week helped
I won’t ever be able to say thank you enough…
But thank you...
Thank you for everything...”

 

 What do we offer?

Centre 33 offers free and confidential counselling.

We generally offer short-term counselling. This includes an Initial Assessment and then 6 sessions of counselling, which are once a week at the same time each week.

If you would like to find out more about what counselling is and how it can help then please have a look at our frequently asked questions here.

Who is it for?

“I am so glad that I finally asked for help, as you have really made things a lot easier to cope with”

We offer counselling to young people, aged 13-25, who live in Cambridgeshire.  

 

Young people come to us for a wide range of reasons and we will work with you whatever your issues.  If things are getting you down then talking to someone may help.  It is completely normal to need support from time to time, and to ask for some help.  No problem is “too small” for counselling, and equally, receiving counselling does not mean you are ‘mad’ or unwell.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer our counselling service to students at the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University, as these students have access to an equivalent service within their university.

Where and when do we offer counselling appointments?

Cambridge
Where?  Centre 33, 33 Clarendon Street, Cambridge CB1 1JX
When? 
Every Monday between 10am and 5pm
Every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 8pm
Every Friday and Saturday between 10am and 1:30pm

Ely
Where? Centre 33 (next to Barton Road carpark), 24A Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DE
When? Every Monday between 4pm and 5pm and every Thursday between 2.00pm and 8.00pm

Huntingdon
Where? HYC Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, PE29 7AF
When? Every Thursday between 4pm and 7pm (closed half term). 

St Neots

Where? The Bargroves Centre, Cromwell Road, St Neots, PE19 2EY
When? Every Wednesday between 2.00pm and 6:00pm

Wisbech
Where? Queen Mary Centre, Queen's Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PE
When? Every Thursday between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Fridays between 10:00am and 3:00pm

Drop-in counselling

You can also come to our one-off counselling drop-in sessions. You don’t need to have an appointment for these and you could see a counsellor there and then to discuss if counselling might be useful for you. It works on a first-come first-serve basis. If it is busy you might not be seen there and then, but we can take your details and get back to you with an appointment. 

CAMBRIDGE
Every Saturday between 11am and 1pm

HUNTINGDON HYC
Every Thursday between 4pm and 7pm (school term time only)

HUNTINGDON HRC (Regional College)

Every Thursday between 1pm and 2pm for information and someone to talk to. This is for HRC students only. 

WISBECH
Every Thursday between 2:00pm and 5:00pm and every Friday between 2:00 and 4:00pm. These sessions also cover sexual health. 

PETERBOROUGH
Every Friday between 2-5pm upstairs at the Central Library. You can find out about counselling or get information about other health issues. More information here about the Peterborough Drop In.  

How can I get counselling?

“I don’t think I will ever be able to say how grateful I am for your help…
  Thank you for not judging me, and allowing me to be just me”

If you might be interested in counselling then please get in touch with us:

  • Drop-in to our base in Cambridge (see our opening times here)
  • Phone us on 01223 316488
  • Or email us at help@centre33.org.uk.  

We will tell you a bit about our service, and ask you for some basic details, and you can ask us questions if you want to.

 

“Thank you for your help, for your patience, for your understanding, and especially for being there for me when I needed”
 

How does it work?

“Everybody here is really welcoming and friendly. They really put you at ease and cannot do enough for you”

After you have contacted us we will be in touch to offer you an Initial Assessment – depending on your availability this should hopefully be within 2-6 weeks.  The Initial Assessment (IA) is for us to find out a bit about you and your situation.The counsellor will ask quite a few questions in this session in order to find out what you think counselling might be useful for. It is also an opportunity for you to find out a bit more about counselling and decide whether or not it’s for you.  It will take up to 50 minutes.

If you decide you would like counselling, after the Initial Assessment, then there is another wait – again usually 2-6 weeks.  We will then offer you 6 counselling sessions, which are once a week at the same time each week and with the same counsellor.  Each session is about 50 minutes.

“It made it possible for me to talk to friends and stuff about feelings, it’s weird but suddenly it was ok”

Questions and feedback

“Normally you have to mask certain things, but with a counsellor I didn't have to… and I didn't have to put on a brave face and try and act as if everything was ok”

If you have any questions about our service then please do get in touch – no question is a stupid question. You can see some frequently asked questions, and our answers to them here.

We also really welcome your feedback about the service.  If you have been to Centre 33 for counselling and you have positive or negative feedback, or suggestions for things we could improve, then please email us at help@centre33.org.uk

Schools counselling

We offer the same type of short-term counselling in all secondary schools in South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire, so the FAQs apply to this service as well.  However, you cannot ask us to be seen in school, instead you need to get in contact with somebody at school (for example, Student Support, Head of House, Head of Year) and they will discuss counselling with you and refer you to the service.

Some useful websites:

www.youngminds.org.uk
www.samaritans.org
www.childline.org.uk