My Time for children and young people aged 12 – 18

Every Parent and Child (EPC) has been awarded three year funding by BBC Children in Need to provide the My Time Counselling Service.

The Service supports children and young people (12–18 years old), at risk of mental health issues, such as low self-esteem and confidence levels, anxiety, difficulties verbalising and regulating their emotions.  The Service will support those children living in or at school in Enfield, Waltham Forest and Haringey (The majority of children will be from Enfield).

We know you face lots of challenges, at home, at school and with friends. You may feel you are lacking in confidence or suffer low self-esteem.  These challenges may cause you to feel angry or upset or to feel alone or isolated.  You may find this affects your sleep or that you feel bad about yourself or maybe even think about hurting yourself.

Talking to friends and family about how you feel can help, but sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone who doesn’t know you or your family.

For the 1:1 counselling service, you will be allocated a counsellor who you will see weekly.  The number of therapy sessions you will need to attend will be decided between you and your counsellor at the beginning. Your counsellor will listen to what you have to say without judging you. They will try to understand and help you to help yourself.

Anything you tell us is always kept confidential. This means your counsellor will not tell anyone else what you say, including your parents or school. The only time they need to talk to another adult is if they are concerned about your safety or someone else’s. Your counsellor will explore what confidentiality means to you at your first session.

You can contact us yourself or your parent, school, or carer can do this for you.  To arrange a meeting or to have a conversation to find out whether this service is right for you, please contact Pauline Walker, the My Time Counselling Service Manager, on 07944 855297 / 020 8373 6243 or email

If you live in Haringey or Waltham Forest, you may be offered the counselling session using video such as Zoom.

EPC are and have been, a great help to our school, in supporting a number of our vulnerable Key Stage 2 children. The social skills groups they have provided, and continue to provide, are specifically tailored to meet the needs of our children and equipped them with the social and emotional skills needed to progress both socially and academically. All the children who participated, thoroughly enjoyed their experience and have shown a huge deal of improvement both socially and emotionally.Andrea Lewis-Kennedy, Assistant Inclusion Leader, Brettenham Primary School
I enjoyed our first meeting. I feel I was listened to and everyone was kind. (young person)