NECS Support for Parents, Carers & Families

Lots of parents & carers are worried about the mental health of their children. We've seen a steady increase in children accessing mental health counselling.

Research shows that 50% of all adult mental health problems start before the age of 14 and 75% start before the age of 21.  Improving the mental wellbeing of children can improve the mental wellbeing of the entire population.

We work closely with the NHS to provide counselling to children in Gateshead and Newcastle aged 4+. All of our counsellors are fully qualified to work with children and young people.  NECS ensures they receive the supervision they need to keep them and our clients safe.

We understand that getting support quickly is important so we try to offer a first appointment within a week. Our counsellors work in schools and in our centres in Gateshead.  They can also deliver counselling online for older children and young people. If you live in Gateshead and would like some support for your child, you can out more information here

We can provide counselling privately for your child. Cost £45 per session.

NB. From the 1st of October 2023 there will be a price increase and NECS sessions will cost £50 per session for individuals.

This has been a very difficult decision to make and although we have tried our utmost to keep expenses low, our operating costs have increased significantly due to recent global factors.

Call 0191 466 1314 to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, email or register with us using the button below.

We want to get you the right help as quickly as possible, and to make this help as affordable as we can. Waiting for months to see a therapist can often make the situation worse so we aim to get you in for your first appointment WITHIN ONE WEEK of hearing from you.

How do I know if my child needs counselling?

Often parents & carers notice changes in their child but don't always know how to discover the root cause

We notice that children who are referred to us are experiencing anxiety, anger and behavioural problems.  This is because they often don't know how to communicate what is going on for them.  Children often pick up on what is happening if there are problems at home or school.  Anything that makes them feel insecure could have an impact on their mental wellbeing.

If their behaviour is affecting their life, their school life or your family then counselling might help.  Spotting problems early and getting support quickly is important and reduce the overall impact.

What is Family counselling?

At NECS we use family counselling to support families to communicate more effectively with each other, to resolve issues and improve family relationships.

We have a pool of qualified counsellors who have experience of working with families. Our family counselling is underpinned by PACE.

PACE stands for Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy, its about building up a positive parent-child relationship that creates a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that enables children to feel safe.

Your first appointment with your counsellor is an Initial Assessment where they will gather some background information and begin to understand what has brought you to counselling. During this appointment they will talk with you about the most effective way to work with you as a family.

Private family counselling sessions cost £60 per session.


Are there things that I can do to help my child?

NECS has some great FREE free resources which can help you in between sessions, or if you don't want to come for counselling and you just need some ideas of things that can help.

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