The Counselling Service works closely with the pastoral staff in school, Learning Guides and Learning Managers. When necessary the Counsellor can act as a link to other agencies and specialist organisations.
The aim of the service is to provide young people with a better understanding of themselves, their goals and aspirations and the means to achieve them
What is counselling?
Counselling offers young people the opportunity to talk about things in confidence that are concerning them with a qualified professional.
What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, relationships, change and transition, loss and distressing, traumatic events.
Where and when does counselling take place?
The Counselling Service is situated in the Junior Learning Village but can be accessed by any student attending the school. Sessions usually take place in school time or straight after school depending on what is better for the student. A school based service brings counselling to children and young people in a place that is familiar, safe and secure. If children and young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Is the service confidential?
Counselling is a time when it is OK to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the information with parents/carers, unless the young person requests this. This can be hard for parents/ carers, but ensuring confidentiality is crucial for establishing trust between student and Counsellor.
The Counsellor will explain during the first meeting what can and cannot be kept confidential. If the student or others seem to be in danger of being hurt the Counsellor may need to talk to someone else to help keep them safe. The Counsellor will discuss this first with the young person concerned. Parental permission is obtained for students under the age of 13 before counselling takes place.
Can parents/carers support the counselling work?
Yes, and this is welcomed. The most helpful thing a parent/carer can do is show an acceptance of counselling as a normal and useful activity and to show an interest if their son/daughter wishes to talk about it, but not to press them if they don’t. This is not an easy task and it is normal for parents/carers to feel anxious about what is being said in the sessions.
It is always our hope that talking with a Counsellor will lead to greater openness with parents and families but you may need to allow a little time for this to happen.
For more information, or to refer a young person, contact the Counselling Service on 01670 597890.