What is Counselling AND WHY DO WE OFFER IT?
Counselling gives you a safe space to talk with a professional in confidence about what is going on in your life. Often this needs to be someone other than your parents, teachers or friends, who can remain neutral and non-judgmental. The process can help you work through challenges in your personal or academic lives, and explore your own strengths and potential. In this way, you can find coping strategies and the means to bring about the changes you want to see.
If you would like to find out more information, please feel free to call by room 424 and speak to Shirralee. The door is always open if available to talk, alternately, you could send an email and we could arrange a convenient time to talk, it is ok to come with friends or for 10 mins to find out if you want to access counselling. You can find out more about the counselling team we could arrange an appointment with one of the counsellors.
When Counselling Can Help
These are just some of the areas in which counselling can help you:
- Identity and self image
- Self esteem and confidence
- School work and exam pressure
- Managing emotions
All conversations with you are private and confidential unless you give permission to share with your parents or teachers. The only exception is when your counsellor believes you could be in danger or potentially put others at risk. In these circumstances, we would inform you first before contacting anyone else.
The only person who will always know about appointments with a counsellor is Mrs Hodson. This is just because she needs to keep a record; not to discuss with anyone.