CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING IN SCHOOLS
There are at least 850,000 children in the UK with a diagnosed mental health condition and the figure may well be rising according to the charity Young Minds. This is becoming more acute in secondary schools where pupils with complex needs, particularly mental health problems, are not being catered for adequately due to the overwhelming strain on services. Schools are coping with pupils with mental health issues such as attempted suicides, depression and self-harm. Staff are increasingly taking on a counselling role without the proper training and supervision which places additional stress and anxiety on schools. Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the need to put therapeutic support in place to support the emotional needs of the young people in their care.
Sometimes it can be difficult for children and young people to know what to do with their difficult thoughts and feelings, and to find words to adequately express them. Counselling offers a safe and confidential space for young people to work through difficulties and offers the opportunity to explore the meaning in their life, work through old habits, explore ways of letting go of those that no longer work and develop independence, confidence and self acceptance.
SCHOOL COUNSELLING SERVICE INCLUDES:
Supporting staff with the referral process
Setting up a counselling space that is both safe and confidential
Initial meetings with parents/ carers and staff
Supervision for staff who are working with young people who are facing challenges
If you require more information about counselling in schools please use the contact page.