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WiseTalking Project

WiseTalking is a pilot Talking Therapies service for children and young people who are struggling with their mental health, provided by MindWise.

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About the Project

WiseTalking is a pilot Talking Therapies service for children and young people who are struggling with their mental health, provided by MindWise.

WiseTalking is funded by The National Lottery 


For ages 11-18

For ages 11-18

We're here for young people who are finding things tough

Remote or face-to-face

Remote or face-to-face

We can deliver sessions face-to-face or through video chat - whatever works best for you.

8 sessions

8 sessions

WiseTalking is delivered over eight sessions. There are 15 spaces available on this pilot programme.

Free of charge

Free of charge

This pilot service is free of charge as it is kindly supported by Mental Health UK Innovations Fund.

What the project can offer

We offer free psychological therapies to 12–18-year-olds.  Our WiseTalking therapists specialise in counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.  You will be offered either one or a combined approach of both these methods.  You can learn more about different types of therapies here.  

The kind of issues you may be struggling with include:

  • Anxiety and self-esteem
  • Anger and behaviour issues
  • Family difficulties
  • Coping with changes and transitions
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Issues at school
What the project can offer
How it works

How it works

  1. Once you submit the form at the bottom of this page, you will receive a message to confirm that we have received it
  2. We will review your application form and assess the information provided. 
  3. Once your application has been assessed, we will advise if we can offer you talking therapy sessions and if successful, you will be assigned a therapist who will contact you (or your parent/guardian if appropriate) directly. 
  4. If you are unsuccessful, we will advise you (and your parent/guardian if under 16 years old) for what reason and if possible, signpost to more suitable organisations.

Who are WiseTalking?

MindWise WiseTalking counsellors are qualified therapists and accredited (or working towards accreditation) with BACP (British Association of Counselling Professionals) or IACP (international Association of Counselling Professionals). All WiseTalking counsellors have extensive experience working with children and young people, with additional training in Lego-based Therapy undertaken to enable us to support young people with diverse needs and abilities. 

Who are WiseTalking?
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It's great to have a space where I can be really honest about how I'm feeling

Oisín - WiseTalking Applicant

Are you eligible for WiseTalking?

We offer WiseTalking Therapies to young people who are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety and who might benefit from psychological therapies. As this is a pilot programme, that means that we have some criteria that applicants need to meet in order for us to offer the right kind of support.


WiseTalking is for 11-18 - year-olds. 


You should normally live in the Greater Belfast area, Lisburn, or North Down. 

Level of support

You should be suitable to receive Tier 2 support (counselling/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions).  We can't offer long-term or intensive psychological therapies. 

Your experiences

You are experiencing - or at risk of developing - low to moderate-level mental health difficulties.

You don't need a diagnosis of any mental health condition to access WiseTalking. 


You're not currently experiencing suicidal feelings, and you haven't made a suicide attempt. 

You must agree to signing up

Although you may need a parent or guardian to sign your application, no-one can apply without your consent. 

Are you eligible?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that you might have. We have broken them down by category below to make it easier to find the answers you need.

Counselling and cognitive behavioural therapies are both effective in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  They aim to give you a space to talk freely that is just for you, and to equip you with some helpful tools for managing your mental health.  

If you are feeling depressed, you may feel sad a lot of the time, not feel like seeing your friends or family, struggle to concentrate on your schoolwork and feel bad about yourself.  You might cry more than usual, or you might feel nothing at all when you feel like you should. Sometimes, people who are experiencing depression may have a hard time controlling their emotions, and be more angry or irritable than usual. 

If you’re experiencing anxiety, you may feel worried and scared a lot.  It might be about something specific, like school, or you might feel worried and scared about a lot of things and not really know why.  Anxiety can also affect your body, like making your heart beat faster or making you feel sweaty. You might also sometimes feel “spaced-out”. 

The sessions will be in person, which means you will meet with the therapist at each session. They will take place in a suitable place near to you.  

If you have difficulties accessing the place (due to disability or trouble with getting to and from there), the therapist will work with you to look at alternative options, which may include talking by video chat instead.

If you are 12-15 years old

We need someone aged over 18 years to complete the relevant sections of the form with you. This should be your parent, guardian or a responsible adult.   


We won’t be able to offer you therapy or counselling if you don’t do this.   

If you’re aged 12-15, your parent, guardian or responsible adult may be contacted in advance of your first session by your assigned therapist.  

If you are 16-18 years old 

You do not need to inform your parents. 

We believe you have the right to use our services confidentially, which means keeping what you say between you and MindWise.  

We also believe that keeping you and other young people safe is very important. This means that sometimes we might contact the emergency services, or other organisations, to make sure you get the help that you need. 

When might we contact someone

There are some occasions when confidentiality in counselling may have to be broken for legal reasons. 

If we think you, other young people, or adults are at risk of harm or are not safe, we will pass the information to social services or the police. We will discuss this with you if possible. 

If we are told about a serious crime, we will have to tell the police.  

If you and your child think that WiseTalking therapies could be helpful, you can show them the information on this page and talk it through together.   

You need to get their agreement before submitting the application, and if your child is aged 12-15, you may need to attend sessions 1 and 8 along with them. Your child needs to be able to attend all 8 sessions. You can then complete the application form together. 

If your child is aged 12-15, you will need to complete the relevant sections of the form. Over 16s do not need to have parental consent to take part, and a parent/guardian does not attend any sessions. 

Counsellors believe that young people should have privacy in counselling just like adults. We will ask the young person what is ‘okay to share’ with parents/carers if appropriate and this will be agreed with the young person.  

Yes, but you must have consent of both the child and their parent or guardian (if they are under 16).  You may wish to share this page with them and discuss whether it might be beneficial to the child.  Then you can fill in the application form together, or with their parent.  Their parent or guardian must sign this form.  

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We won't judge you or tell you what to do - we're here to help you find a way through.

Leanne- WiseTalking Therapist

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