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Counselling can make an important contribution to the emotional health and development of young people – whether they are a primary or secondary school pupil. Sometimes it’s difficult for young people to talk to parents, friends or teachers about issues they are battling with. I can provide an opportunity for pupils to talk in a different way to someone with considerable experience working with young people; to offer a safe and non-judgemental place to help them feel accepted and empowered to change.

I am currently working in a variety of local primary and secondary schools, offering bespoke therapy to pupils experiencing:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Low self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Stress, depression and anxiety
  • Bereavement

What you can expect from GLC

I seek to work during school hours and on school premises, working with each school to agree an appropriate and safe place to meet with individual pupils. I provide a flexible contract to accommodate each school’s needs and adhere to their individual policies and procedures.

The approach I take to counselling relationships in schools is to offer:

  • A professional and experienced service
  • Confidentiality and safety
  • Empathy
  • Non-judgemental acceptance
  • Respect and understanding
  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Practical coping strategies
  • Active listening

Sessions

I offer half-hour or 50 minute sessions to suit the needs of each pupil within their school context. I have an extensive toolkit of activities and games to engage children of all ages – these often provide valuable inspiration to discuss some of the deeper issues children are struggling with. These include:

for younger children:

  • Puppets
  • Playdough
  • Activity sheets
  • Sand play
  • Colouring books
  • Games
  • Paints

for teenagers:

  • Sports equipment
  • Jenga
  • Card games
  • Activity sheets
  • Brain teasers
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Video clips

Taking the first step

If you are a parent or teacher and are worried about a young person, please do get in touch. I will then arrange to visit both the school and the parent before meeting with a young person, in order to learn the best way to work with them.

Starting the journey

After meeting with parents and school staff, the school will agree for me to meet with the young person in a suitable, safe, sound-proof room on school premises. Working together, we will talk through and sign a bespoke contract, and decide how many sessions may be appropriate for each child.

It is my hope that through GLC counselling, each young person is able to find the strength, determination and courage to reach their full potential and begin to flourish.