Julia Tuckey, our school counsellor is in school every Thursday 9.00 – 15.00
Drop-in at lunchtime 12.30 – 13.00 in MB7.
What is counselling?
Counselling aims to support you to cope better with things you might be finding difficult. It can help with emotional issues as well as help you to make more positive choices and decisions. Changes in life can be hard to deal with, and counselling may offer useful strategies when faced with challenging situations or emotions.
What is it for?
Do you feel sad, frustrated or lonely?
Are you getting annoyed or feeling out of control?
Do you worry about things, feel anxious or guilty?
Have you ever witnessed something at home/school or in the community that you have not been able to talk about?
Is it hard to talk about your feelings with family and friends?
Are things affecting schoolwork or your relationships or even your plans for the future?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions you may benefit from some counselling.
If you would like some counselling tell a member of staff and they will refer you, or come along to the lunchtime drop-in session on Thursdays. You will meet with the counsellor in a safe, supportive and confidential environment when you can talk through any of the things on your mind.
Will the counsellor tell anyone else?
The school will only know who has appointments and when, but not what you talk about, that is between you and the counsellor. The sessions are confidential, unless the counsellor is worried about you harming yourself or someone else, or that someeone has harmed you.
How does it work?
The counsellor listens and tries to help you understand your concerns/difficulties as well as finding a way to find your solution or a better way of coping. Counselling is not advice or telling you what to do. Sometimes talking about things can relieve the pressure and finding a useful strategy when things are too much, is also helpful.