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PAC is a registered charity based in Carlisle, Cumbria that provides free counselling and therapy for children and young people. Sessions can be non-verbal or talking therapy, dramatherapy, art therapy or dance/movement therapy. The sessions are confidential and held weekly at PAC’s offices in Carlisle city centre and the amount of therapy sessions will vary based on the client’s needs.

All of the PAC therapists are professionally qualified and accredited, receive regular managerial supervision and undertake independent clinical supervision to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and care.

We accept referrals from parents, carers and professionals or young people can refer themselves. We work with anyone aged 11 to 19 years old. This is extended up to age 25 if the young person is leaving care or has a learning difficulty or disability.

We see ourselves as working with people not problems but below is a list of the types of things that we work with in session.

  • Bullying
  • Self harm
  • Attachment or relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Neglect/physical/sexual/emotional abuse
  • Family break up and divorce
  • Witnessing domestic violence
  • Feeling anxious
  • Low mood
  • Eating disorders
  • Hearing Voices
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Low self esteem
  • Gender identity or sexuality
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol
  • Trauma

People who access therapy and counselling experience a range of benefits. These include:-

  • More motivation
  • A better understanding of emotions and how to manage them
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Getting more out of education and training
  • Making sense of things that happened in the past
  • Improved home life and relationships
  • Feeling happier and more positive

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mark Harkness
Contact Position
Person Centred Therapist - BACP Registered Member
01228 533874

Where to go

PAC Therapy
P A C Ltd, 14
Lowther Street

Other Details


Age Ranges
work with anyone aged 11-19 but can be extended to age 25 if the person has a learning difficulty or disability
Last updated: 04/11/2021
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