Why counselling in schools?
Around one in ten children and young people aged 5-16 (three in every classroom) are diagnosed with a mental health disorder, including anxiety and depression (National Statistics)
Counselling does not replace good pastoral care or excellent teachers who know the child well. It offers one to one time and a safe space to explore and process difficult feelings and experiences.
The benefits of counselling can improve not only the mental health and academic potential of the child concerned but also the academic achievements of their peers. Imagine a typical situation where a disruptive child is acting out in class disrupting everyone's time and trail of thought. Sending the child out of the classroom is rarely a solution, as often these children need more. A counsellor offers a non judgemental and empathic approach, whilst helping the child to regulate their feelings and behavioural responses.
Just as every child deserves an attuned response to their particular need, we recognise that each school might be looking for a different kind of therapeutic provision and that it can be difficult to know where to start. We will guide you through the initial stages.
Our services include:
Setting-up the counselling service in your school
1:1 counselling for children & teenagers aged 3-18 years
'Adventure Tales' groups sessions for groups of 6 children aged 4-12
Lunchtime talk & play sessions
Friendship and transition groups
Therapeutic support for parents & carers to develop positive relationships with their children
Consultations for teachers & school staff to develop practical approaches to support children more effectively
Therapeutic Assessment and therapy plan, on-going monitoring of the service provided
End of term-reports, and quarterly review meetings with teachers and parents