If you wish to refer yourself or someone else, please choose the relevant referral form to fill in.
  1. Hover over the referral button in the main menu, and a drop down menu will appear.
  2. You can choose to select the ‘Young People Referral form or the Adult Referral form
  3. Once you have filled in the form, it will come directly to Willow Project, and the person referred will be placed on our waiting list and contacted when a counsellor becomes available.

(Please note: our referral forms are more compatible with laptops/computers or by ticking ‘switch to desktop version’ when using a mobile phone, as the formatting is different on a mobile phone.)

Below you can find information on the counselling service we provide, for both young people and adults.

Information for Young People

It can be hard asking for and getting help when you’re struggling with issues, so you’ve made the first step in helping yourself by visiting our website. Before you make the next step, here’s a little bit about what counselling is and how Willow works.

First of all, we are a confidential service and if we think that you’re old enough (usually around the age of 13) and counselling is the right type of help for you, then you can get help from us without your parents/carers or anyone else knowing. We would only let someone know that you’re getting support from us if we thought that you or someone else that you told us about were in danger. If we don’t think that you’re old enough, then we would need permission from whoever looks after you before you could start getting help from us.

When you start seeing a counsellor, it will just be you and them, with the counselling session lasting for 50 minutes. They will see you either at our main base in Atherton or at Platt Bridge and they will see you at the same place, time and day each week for as long as you need support from them.

The way that we work is that you talk about the things that are important to you without us judging or telling you what to do.

If you don’t think that counselling is for you, then there are other things and ways to help yourself. Take a look at the TLC section’s ‘Ways to help yourself’.

If you do think that counselling is for you, fill in the referral form, and we will put you on our waiting list but you need to know that at the moment, it’s very long so you may have to wait a while.

If you’re aged 12 and over you can come along to our weekly group on Mondays in Atherton from 6-8pm. If you fancy this, then please ring us up first to see if we have any places, as it’s only a small group (and very welcoming!).

Information for Adults/Parents/Carers

You can refer your child/young person to us yourself without any other professional getting involved, such as your doctor or school, as long as the young person knows that you have referred them and they want to come. All that you need to do is fill in a referral form, found in the link above or on the main menu, and it will come straight to us. We will then add them to our waiting list, but you need to know that this is very long and it could be some time before they are seen. We are a charity and rely on donations, so we don’t always have enough money to see everyone that’s waiting to see a counsellor (If you would like to pay privately for sessions, then this can be arranged and would alleviate the waiting time. Please contact the office for further details).

Emotional and mental health issues can impact on others in the family and if you are struggling yourself, then as a parent/carer of a young person that has been referred to us, you can access our adult service.

The link to the referral form for this is also at the top of this page and can be found in the menu. All adults are seen on a separate evening to young people, so that confidentiality can be maintained, which means that your child wouldn’t know that you are accessing us, unless you choose to tell them.

All counselling sessions, whether for a young person or yourself are one to one, last 40 minutes and are at the same place, time and day every week. We only offer individual counselling, so families can’t be seen together.

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