Counselling and support services​​​​

Youth Works offer a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services to meet the needs of children, young people and adul​ts. We are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.​


"Since coming to counselling my view of myself has greatly improved and my stress has gone right down. I guess I can only really say thank you, you’ve changed my life​​."​

​Support services​​​

  • Family therapy

    Family therapy is facilitated by a practitioner qualified in Systemic Family Therapy. It is an approach that looks at relationships between family members and works on changing how people relate to one another. 

    Common issues that practitioners work with include:

    • ​stressful and traumatic life events, such as divorce and separation, illness or death of a loved one
    • transitional stages of family development that can cause pain and upset 
    • work and school-related problems
    • parent-child conflict
    • sibling conflict
    ​What happens in a family therapy session?

    Family members are encouraged to express and explore their thoughts and emotions with the aim of better understanding each other’s views and needs. Sometimes the practitioner(s) will meet with the whole family, at other times they may meet with family members on an individual basis.


    Outcomes for this intervention are specific to individual families. Common themes include:

    • ​setting goals and devising strategies
    • identifying and building upon existing strengths
    • improving communication skills
    • improving parenting skills
    • agreeing solutions and ways to move forward


    Initial assessment: £50 – this involves an hour’s session to identify current issues within the family and ascertain whether family therapy is likely to be effective.

    Family therapy sessions: £75 each​.

    If you feel you’re a family in need of support, please contact your child’s school or Northamptonshire County Council's Early Help Team​.

  • Play based therapy

    ​Play based therapy is a Theraplay® informed intervention. It is a relationship focused, parent-child therapy based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child. Sessions are personal, physical, and fun.

    During play based therapy sessions the therapist, a qualified Theraplay® practitioner, guides the parent and child through a range of:

    • playful games
    • developmentally challenging activities; and
    • nurturing activities

    These sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent, helping the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.


    Initial assessment: £35 which involves an hour’s session to identify current issues within the family and ascertain whether Play based therapy is likely to be effective.

    A 13 week play based therapeutic intervention: £468.

    If you feel you’re a family in need of support, please contact your child’s school or Northamptonshire County Council's Early Help Team​.

  • Post 16 support
    Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP)

    Youth Works are delighted to be one of the Northamptonshire based organisations able to deliver support to young people aged 16 to 24 years who are not in employment, education or training.

    The Work Readiness Action Programme is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, aiming to engage and support people into employment or training. The lead organisation for delivery of the project is Goodwill Solutions CIC. ​

  • LGBTQ support


    ‘Hide and Seek’ is our award-winning youth group for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or those who are questioning their sexual orientation or identity.  

    The group is open to all LGBTQ young people aged 14 years to 18 years to socialise and take part in various activities and events.

    ​Monday evenings
    6:30pm to 8:30pm
    William Knibb Centre
    Montagu Street


    It’s free!

    How to book

    There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch.​
  • Drop-in support and sexual health service

    Youth Works’ drop-in service is an informal, friendly, ‘one stop shop’ for young people aged 14 and above to access a range of confidential services, including:

    • Information – including printed leaflets and documents that you can take away with you
    • Advocacy – to help you make your voice heard
    • Guidance and support – provided by trained staff and volunteers
    • Sexual health services, including:
      • Free condoms
      • Chlamydia screening
      • Pregnancy testing

    You can visit alone or bring a friend for support.

    How to book

    There is no need to make an appointment.

    Opening times
    ​​ Corby ​Kettering
    ​AddressCorby Mind
    ​18 Argyll Street
    NN17 1RU
    ​​Keystone Centre
    97 Rockingham Road
    NN16 9HX
    ​Opening tim​eMondays and Tuesdays
    ​5pm to 7pm
    5pm to 7pm

    If you have any questions, please get in touch.

  • 123 Magic parenting programme

    ​123 Magic is a parenting programme that focuses on controlling unwanted behaviour, rewarding positive behaviour and strengthening parent-child relationships.

    The programme aims to provide parents with the tools to reduce challenging behaviour and encourage positive behaviour in children. The programme explores parent-child relationships and the purpose of children's behaviour, including sibling rivalry, conflict and tantrums. It shows how applying 123 Magic can make a positive difference to the parent-child relationship.

    Length of the programme

    The programme is normally delivered over 6 weeks, in 3, 2 hour sessions.


    On completion of this programme, parents report feeling:

    • ​more confident in their parenting
    • more able to control unwanted behaviour 
    • stronger parent-child relationships


    £300 per family for a 123 Magic programme.

    If you feel you’re a family in need of support, please contact your child’s school or Northamptonshire County Council’s Early Help Team​.

    How to book

    Use the online form below to book on to the programme:

​Bespoke support programmes

Tailor-made programmes available for schools and other agencies, to support young people through a range of issues.

​"Youth Works do some amazing work with youngsters from across Kettering. They provide a safe environment along with hope and support to youngsters that often have few opportunities in these difficult times when voluntary groups and council services are all struggling to offer the sort of activities we took for granted only a few years ago. I've always been impressed by their commitment and passion to help young people."

- Councillor Mick Scrimshaw, Northamptonshire County Council