Young People's Counselling Service

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Peterborough PE7 & Wisbech PE13
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About us

YPCS offers counselling and psychotherapy sessions to young people aged 5-18. Operating from purpose built centres in Yaxley and Wisbech, YPCS provides 1:1 support with a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist All counsellors and therapists are qualified to a minimum of Level 5 and are currently based in some local Peterborough schools.

We have a mix of specialisms including:

  • Dance/Movement psychotherapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment
  • Theraplay
  • Integrative talking therapies
  • Art Therapy
  • Therapy in nature

Training, qualifications & experience

All counsellors and psychotherapists are fully trained to a minimum of Level 5. All therapists have many years of experience working either in education, for local care services and NHS as well as private practice.

All therapists adhere to professional bodies including, but not limited to, the BACP, UKCP, ACP and HCPC

All therapists hold a clear DBS, current child protection training and are fully insured by YPCS.

Our Therapists: 

Marcia Poyner -BSc. (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Studies, Diploma in Counselling Teenagers, Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities

Daniella Budd - MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Diploma Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools, Award in Bereavement Counselling

Kirsty Skutela - BSc. (Hons) Psychology, PG Dip. Play Therapy, Parent-Child Attachment Play, Intensive Interaction

Ellie Ruggeri - MA Integrative Child Psychotherapy, MA Social Work, Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts

Josie Webster - MA Dramatherapy, Neurodiversity Affirming Practitioner

Karen Eastwood - MA Dramatherapy, Level One and Two Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment Trained, Certificate in Creative Supervision

Member organisations *

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Our sessions are offered for a minimum term of 6 weeks. Interventions cost £50 per 50 minute session and fees are to be paid in advance. 

Further information

We are a friendly team of people who put young people at the heart of everything we do. We can help improve young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

At YPCS, we believe that face to face sessions can usually be the most authentic and safe way to work. Sessions are based in our centres in Yaxley and Wisbech in a quiet and confidential space that will be the same each week. We normally suggest an initial term of 12-18 weeks, however this can be adapted to suit the needs of the young person. 


Coming to counselling for the first time can be a daunting experience. You might be wondering how going to talk to someone can help and what might happen during your sessions. It's okay to feel nervous or unsure about seeing a counsellor - a lot of people do. 

Your counsellor is here to work with you. Your sessions are a safe space for you to talk about anything you want or need to. During your sessions, your counsellor might ask you questions to help you think about things in a different way or to gain another perspective, or to get further understanding about your point of view and your feelings.


During your first session your counsellor will ask to complete a questionnaire with you to get a better understanding of how you are feeling at the moment. They may also ask you what made you decide to come to counselling and if you have any thoughts on how counselling could be useful to you.

What you talk about in your session is confidential between you and your counsellor. Your counsellor will explain to you the special circumstances that mean what you've said may have to be shared with others. If there's something that you'd like your counsellor to share with your parent/carer, your
school or someone else, this is something that they can help you with. What you've talked about won't be shared without your permission.

Listen to you
Help you to better understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
Help you to understand how to make more helpful, healthy choices
Suggest ways to help you make more helpful, healthy decisions


Judge you
Tell you that your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are wrong or bad
Tell you what you should or shouldn't do or what to talk about
Tell you the 'right' way to do things

If you are a young person aged 5-18, or you have a child of this age who needs support, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to our non-judgemental team. 

School Bungalow, Broadway, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3JD

St. Peters Lodge, Love Lane, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1HP

Type of session

In person
Young People's Counselling Service
Young People's Counselling Service