Young people exploring things they find difficult, with a trained counsellor, and receiving support to make positive decisions and changes.

The Listening Space is our counselling service for young people. It is open to any young person of secondary school age who wants to talk through anything that’s concerning them, privately with a qualified counsellor.

Learn more about The Listening Space below or contact us if you would like to find out more.

The Listening Space is our counselling service for young people. It is open to any young person of secondary school age who wants to talk through anything that’s concerning them, privately with a qualified counsellor.

Learn more about The Listening Space below or contact us if you would like to find out more.

Questions & Answers

What happens in counselling?

Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk in private about anything that’s worrying you. The counsellor will not take sides or tell you what to do or how to live your life, but they will help you to look at choices and encourage you to make your own decisions.

Who is The Listening Space for?

The Listening Space is for any young person of secondary school age (11-18 years) who would like to talk in private about something that they are finding worrying or difficult. It could be feeling anxious or low, something that’s happening in school or in your family, or something else.

How do I see a counsellor?

Anyone can phone or email us to ask about counselling but you or your parent/guardian will need to contact us to arrange to see a counsellor. We will send you a pack (by email or post) with some more information and a simple form for you and your parent/guardian to fill in and send back to us. Our counsellor will then get in touch with you or your parent/guardian to arrange the first session.

Where and when does counselling take place?

The counselling sessions will mostly take place in The Sandel Centre in Coleraine. Our session times are on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm; and on Wednesdays at 4pm and 5pm. The sessions last about 50 minutes.

What if it's urgent?

If you need to speak to someone urgently we recommend that you contact your GP.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or another person you should phone Lifeline on 0808 808 8000, phone PSNI on 101, or visit a Hospital A&E Department.

Is the Listening Space just for Christians?

No, The Listening Space is for any young person regardless of their beliefs or background. The Big House (which runs The Listening Space) is a Christian charity which works closely with churches and our counsellors are Christians, but they will only discuss Christian beliefs if you ask them to.

Can I talk about my Christian faith with a counsellor?

All of our counsellors are Christians and so if you have a question that relates to Christian faith they will be happy to discuss it with you, but only if you want to.

I have another question...

Please contact us using the email form below or give us a call on 028 9066 4300 and we will do our best to answer your question (providing it’s about The Listening Space and not your maths homework!)

Contact The Listening Space

by Phone

028 9066 4300

There will normally be someone able to answer your call Mon-Thur from 9.30am until 1pm, but if not or at other times please do leave a message or send us an email and we will get back to you.

by Email

Meet our Counsellor

Hi, my name is Amy and I’m the counsellor for The Listening Space. I love swimming in the sea, having coffee with friends or on my own with a book. I have been a Christian for 15 years and have lived in the North Coast most of my life. I have been a counsellor for 4 years and I’m so excited to get the opportunity to work with young people across the North Coast to help them navigate some of the difficulties they may be facing.

The Listening Space is a non-judgemental and safe space for 11-18 year-olds, nothing is too big or too small to come to counselling with and discuss. I feel privileged to get to be a part of a young person’s life while we work together through whatever they are facing.

If you or someone you know would benefit from counselling or if you would like to hear more about the counselling service from a member of The Big House team please get in touch with our main office.

Hi, my name is Amy and I’m the counsellor for The Listening Space. I love swimming in the sea, having coffee with friends or on my own with a book. I have been a Christian for 15 years and have lived in the North Coast most of my life. I have been a counsellor for 4 years and I’m so excited to get the opportunity to work with young people across the North Coast to help them navigate some of the difficulties they may be facing.

The Listening Space is a non-judgemental and safe space for 11-18 year-olds, nothing is too big or too small to come to counselling with and discuss. I feel privileged to get to be a part of a young person’s life while we work together through whatever they are facing.

If you or someone you know would benefit from counselling or if you would like to hear more about the counselling service from a member of The Big House team please get in touch with our main office.

“She (counsellor) really listened to me, and for the first time ever I felt understood.”

“I feel very confident now about problems in my life and only because of counselling”

“I was able to stop self-harming, I didn’t think I ever would.”