Our qualified counsellors and therapists who are BACP accredited or working towards accreditation, provide counselling to teenagers and younger children using a range of techniques and integrative models. With younger primary aged children who are in need of emotional support we use therapeutic play skills and child –friendly techniques such as art, play, drama, story and games which are used to enable children and young people to explore their feelings and experiences and tell their stories.
By providing a safe and confidential space for children to express their emotions and talk about their problems our counsellors and therapists can help children to understand themselves, feel valued, develop self-esteem, and explore and manage their difficulties.
What We do
School counsellors are qualified and trained and know how to listen and help. They'll take your problem seriously and work with you to find a good solution. School counsellors are trained to help with everything — and it doesn't have to be just school stuff. A counsellor can help you deal with the sadness when someone has died as well as help you work through your decision about getting into your dream college.
It takes a lot of training to be a school counsellor. Most not only have Foundation degrees, but Master's degrees as well as special training and certification in counseling. One of the many good things about school counselors is that they are up-to-date on all the top things that affect students, including any trends that might affect your school.
School counselors can give you all sorts of tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. Chances are that whatever problem you have, your counselor has seen it before — and has lots of good advice on how to help you work through it. Counsellors can give you tips on standing up for yourself if you're being bullied, managing stress, talking to your parents, and dealing with anger and other difficult moods. Counsellors can also mediate with any problems you may have with a teacher, such as communication difficulties or getting them to understand you are going through a difficult time.
School counsellors work alongside the rest of the school community and, in many cases, the outside community as well. So they can refer students to outside resources like substance abuse treatment centers, Tier 3 services, Social Workers and targeted Youth Support Outreach services.
How We Work in Schools
We deliver services to individual schools under Service Level Agreements, as well as services to schools in partnership with local authorities. All our counsellors and therapists are based in school and see children and young people on a weekly basis for individual and/or group counselling. The counsellors and therapists also work with parents and staff either in school or by agreement outside of school hours. They receive line management supervision from the Time 4 You and external Clinical Supervision from experienced supervisors, as well as continuous on-going professional development training.
We work closely with the school and other partner agencies to provide a service that meets the specific circumstances of each child or young person. Many of the teenage students self refer to our service, whilst others are referred by a concerned pastoral leaders /teachers and/or head teacher. Our service include individual therapy sessions, or group work for Anger Management, Self Esteem and those which focus on Social Skills or bereavement. We also have close links with the SENCO lead professionals.
In primary schools parental permission for counselling is ALWAYS required and we always encourage parents and guardians to come and meet with us before and after the counselling has finished. Though in secondary schools this can be very different as whilst we would try to encourage young people to involve parents or carers, we acknowledge that for some this is not always possible. In reality, there are some young people who would never wish to access counselling should they believe parents and/or carers would be informed. Consequently, young people who are deemed to be Fraser or Gillick competent (i.e understand what counselling is about and how this may help them change) can access counselling without parental involvement. Indeed this is their entitlement in law.
Confidentiality and Safety
Confidentiality and the Safety of all young people is of paramount importance to our work. We will keep Confidential everything a young person requests us too, Except if there are concerns that a young person is at risk of serious harm. We will always inform a young person and involve them in the decisions we have to make to keep them safe. This will always be explained clearly to a young person each step of the way.