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What is Counselling?

The provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems.

Counselling is the most common form of talking therapy. It can help Children and young people deal with issues and events and the effects they are having on their mental wellbeing. Counselling could be recommended for children and young people who are basically healthy but who are struggling with a mental health disorder or it can address problems with anxiety, bereavement; bullying, anger, relationships, low self-esteem, and self-harm. Counsellors will help explore the problem, the symptoms and strategies for coping.  Description adapted from Young minds website Counselling Services for Children and Young People (youngminds.org.uk)


Funded Counselling

We are very proud to provide  counselling for children and young people  who wouldn’t normally have a chance to access help.   We work with friendly, approachable, fully qualified counsellors to  ensure support is available within familiar surroundings as soon as possible

HELP as SOON As possible


We know that if we can assist early we can help to stop mental health problems becoming more serious.  This also impacts positively with Children's future mental  wellbeing, giving them the ability to cope if they experience difficulties..

1 in 10


Approximately 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, which means that approximately 3 children in every classroom need our help





of children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not have access to the help they need.  A quarter of children that are  referred to the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are turned away and the others can wait  up to 10 months or more for appropriate help. 



"Can I take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU for funding Lisa to visit our school - she is wonderful!


Lisa Jones has been offering her Counselling support (funded by The Matthew Hackney Foundation), to our School for several years.  She is very friendly and is able to put children at ease, very quickly, with good results.  With mental health issues on the increase, her support has proved invaluable and I can't recommend her enough - thank you"


West Byfleet School

The Matthew Hackney Foundation

Please get in touch if you would like more information or can help in any way.

Email: info@thematthewhackneyfoundation.co.uk

Phone: 07876 798137

Registered Charity: 1164078

Location: Byfleet, Surrey

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