Our Mentoring service is aimed at providing therapeutic support to the people of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. We support children (from 8 years old), young people and adults who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

It can be really difficult to access this help, it’s either inaccessible, you’re not unwell enough or just way too expensive. We all need help now and then and it should be there when we need it.

There may be significant changes in thinking, emotion or behaviour causing distress or problems functioning in all aspects of life like school, work, relationships, or family activities. Mentoring can be helpful for individuals who are unable to access or are waiting for mental health services to begin actively supporting your needs.

For every adult we support with paid sessions, your contribution directly provides a child within the community with FREE therapeutic support too!

Our team is there for you to support a variety of issues including;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Low Mood
  • Anger Management
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Trauma
  • Bullying
  • Supporting with forms and applications related to your situation, disability or illness.

Working with your experienced Mentor, you will have sessions either weekly, fortnightly or monthly which will be entirely dependent on what suits you. The support will typically be delivered over 8 to 12 sessions and then you and your Mentor will agree what the best next steps will be.

A session will normally be 1 hour long but the time may be reduced to 30/45 minutes for younger children or individuals with needs that warrant it. Every first appointment is free, we want to make sure you are comfortable with your Mentor to get the most out of your work together.

I have had CBT, counselling and psychotherapy in the past when I have been through difficult times that have triggered my mental ill health.

The Arthur Ellis team has actually done more in a 3 week period that previous sessions have…over 6 weeks plus.

After your first free session with one of our experienced Lead Mentors, you will be introduced to the Mentor you will be working with that bests suits your needs to get to work on your recovery!

If you need help with specific things like shopping, getting into exercise or tackling nerve-racking appointments, your Mentor will even attend with you as part of your sessions. We will be with you every step of the way towards your recovery. We do it properly!

Each session will then be charged at £40 per hour using an easy, direct debit service we will set you up with. This helps you not have to think about the money side of things, allowing you to purely focus on you and your recovery.

Our aim is to eventually offer this service for free by selling more of our Sheeran Bracelets and supporting more organisations with our training.

If you’re an adult thinking about getting yourself a Mentor, the profits from your sessions will contribute to helping us provide free support to the children and young people of Milton Keynes. So you can support yourself and someone else at the same time!

How do I refer?

You can refer yourself to us straight away simply by filling out our Self-Referral Form. We also accept referrals made by a family member, employers and community organisations if you feel a member in your community requires our support. Please ensure that you have consent to do so and, the person is fully aware of the referral. Once a referral form is completed and received by us, we will be in touch with you within 24 hours to set up your initial meeting with one of our Lead Mentors.

What can you expect from your Mentor?

All mentors are vetted for their experience, qualifications and skills. All our Mentors are fully checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service and will be carrying an ID Badge. They will also not begin working with any referees 1:1 until they have been trained in our specific methods and been signed off by one of our Senior Mentors.

Most appointments will take place at our offices in Central Milton Keynes, but home visits and video call appointments are also available, this will be reviewed based on individual circumstances. The initial meeting with the mentor will always take place at the office to make sure you are comfortable with you Mentor and that your Mentor is comfortable supporting your needs.

Any information shared with your Mentor is kept confidential and in line with Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR 2018; with the exception of any information disclosed that suggests any risk of harm (physical, mental, or emotional) to yourself or anyone else – then that information will be shared with the appropriate person(s) and/or services.

What will I be expected to do?

Where possible, you will be expected to attend all scheduled appointments and really participate and contribute to your sessions, we want you to help you, but you will need to put the work in both inside and outside your sessions. You will, in most cases, be given different strategies to try in day to day life which you will need to attempt and be mindful to maintain confidentiality.

What happens if I cancel?

It’s clear that there are times where cancelling a booked appointment may be necessary. However, it should be stressed that when booking an appointment, you Mentor has committed to that time and the facilities to that booking. We can reschedule the cancelled appointment within 7 days of the original appointment. Any deferred appointments will be limited to 2 consecutive appointments, if the third appointment is also missed, you may still be charged at the discretion of your Mentor.


Mentees are advised that in booking an appointment they are reserving a room and a Mentor’s time exclusively for their needs.

If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, you may do so without charge by giving at least 48 hours notice. This allows your Mentor enough time to re-book the cancelled appointment slot and avoid unnecessary service disruption. It also provides an opportunity for those waiting to be accommodated.

Cancellations made within 48 hours of the appointment will not be charged but “no shows” and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice may be charged for in full. If you need to cancel your appointment please email

Please note:
• that you wish to cancel
• your name and telephone number
• date and time of your appointment
• whether you wish to reschedule

You can then be contacted to make arrangements for an alternative appointment should you require one.

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