What is Counselling?

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Information for Students

The school counselling service is a professional psychological service available to all pupils to assist you on your progress through school. We try to address many of the emotional and behavioural difficulties that you might experience.

It may help you:

  • Make informed choices
  • Cope with crises
  • Work through feelings of inner conflict
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Gain a better understanding of yourself
  • Develop coping strategies

Information for Parents

Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of sense of direction and purpose. It is always at the request of the client as no one can be ‘sent’ for counselling.

By listening attentively and patiently, the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client’s point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.

In the counselling sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. The counsellor will encourage the expression of feelings and as a result of their training will be able to accept and reflect the client’s problems without becoming burdened by them.

Acceptance and respect for the client are essentials for a counsellor and, as the relationship develops, so to does trust between the counsellor and client, enabling the client to look at many aspects of their life, their relationships and themselves which they may not have considered or been able to face before. The counsellor may help the client to examine in detail the behaviour or situations that are proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change as a start. The counsellor may help the client to look at options open to them to decide the best for them.

We welcome parental enquiries regarding school’s counselling. Please contact Mrs Janice Clarke (Assistant Principal for student wellbeing for learning) if you have any questions, concerns or objections to your child accessing the school’s counselling service.

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