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Off Centre is a counselling, therapy, advice and psycho-social service for young people aged between 11 and 25 who live, work or study in Hackney. Our services are free, confidential and aimed at supporting Hackney’s young people to have greater control over their lives. We support people with all kinds of emotional and practical issues.


What we do

In the main, young people coming to Off Centre present with multiple and complex issues. Some of the issues  people are typically dealing with include  bereavement, breakdown in family relationships or family neglect, abuse and violence in the home, victim of crime, bullying, sexual assault or exploitation. We have developed expertise in working with young people who have mental health and emotional problems as a result of violence, trauma, abuse, emotional distress, discrimination or disadvantage. We recognise the impact that these experiences can have on a young person’s mental health and wellbeing, now and in the future.

At Off Centre’s core will always be the therapeutic service; however, Off Centre has long recognised that practical issues affect a person’s well being.  That is why our information and advice service works alongside the therapeutic services, as well as linking in with other local organisations. We provide advice and information on issues such as housing, employment, education and training, benefits, and access to other services.

Who is the service for

Therapeutic Service (For young people aged 16 – 25):

  • One to one counselling and psychotherapy
  • One to one art psychotherapy

Psychosocial Service (For young people aged 16 – 25):

  • Advice and information
  • Project Indigo (LGBTQ group)

How to access the service

Visit the Off Centre website here for more information on how to access the service.

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