Youth Talk was founded by a local GP in 1997 after she realised there was a need for a safe place where young people could come for counselling and support. Since then, over 2300 young people have used the service. Currently, we are able to offer around 50 counselling sessions each week.
The service is available to 13–25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead). We work on a self-referral only basis, so promoting personal responsibility. We are a few minutes' walk from the main shopping area in St Albans and provide a secure, warm and non-stigmatising environment. For clients who use wheelchairs or have mobility issues, we provide counselling sessions in a nearby building with full access facilities.
All our counsellors are qualified therapists and highly experienced in working with young people. Youth Talk has a National award for innovation and an award for services to the community. We are a contracted supplier to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and were recently inspected and graded excellent by HCC Community Wellbeing.