Renew Counselling and Training

Renew Counselling and Training at YPCS Centre

Counselling at YPCS

Renew Counselling and Training now offers counselling for young people at our YPCS Centre in Brentwood.
We know just how difficult it can be to reach out for support. We want to give you a safe, confidential space where you can be heard and understood. Our counsellors are trained to work with young people, helping you to explore your difficulties and understand how they are affecting you.

Counselling has been taking place at YPCS (Young Peoples Counselling Service) for over 30 years, with counsellors supporting the young people of Brentwood and the surrounding areas to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

We’re proud to be accredited by the BACP and abide by their code of ethics.

Renew’s work with children and young people in Brentwood, Basildon and the surrounding areas is funded by the NHS Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board.

How does the process work?

You may feel awkward or as though you don’t want to talk – that’s okay! Our counsellors can work in lots of different ways. It’s often easier to express your feelings or concerns through art (e.g. painting, modelling), or while doing something else. We’ll look for ways to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your session.

You, your parent or your carer can contact us directly to arrange counselling.
Click the button below to learn more about how the process works.


What has changed at YPCS? Following the retirement of YPCS’ Director in April 2023, YPCS has merged with fellow counselling charity Renew Counselling and Training, which has been serving the communities of Essex and East London for over 119 years.

Renew and YPCS are long-standing partners with complementary services and a shared mission to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the local community.

Renew has two other centres in Basildon and Chelmsford, where we provide low-cost, accessible and responsive counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions to the children, young people and adults of Essex and East London. Most of the people that access services at Renew would not otherwise be able to afford counselling.

We continue to deliver young people’s counselling at the YPCS Brentwood centre and will be expanding to also offer counselling to children and eventually adults. You can learn more about Renew here:

Clients who joined us before April 2023

For clients who joined us before the merger, there won’t be any change to your counselling sessions. 

You’ll still see the same counsellor at the same time of day.

You might start to see different signs around the centre as we become part of Renew.

If you contribute towards the cost of your counselling sessions via bank transfer, you’ll need to update the payment details.

We’ve informed all clients of this change but please do ask at Reception or give us a call if you have any queries:

Further information

Making a referral

If you’d like to make a referral to Renew at YPCS, please click here.

Learn more about counselling

For more information on counselling at Renew, please click here.

Make a donation

If you’d like to donate to our service, please click here.

Contact us

Contact details for Renew Counselling and Training at YPCS can be found below:

15b Shenfield Road
The Hermitage Site
CM15 8AG
Tel: 01277 230831

Head to our Contact Us page for details of all our centres, including Renew’s central team.