Counselling provides young people and their families a private space and time to talk about what is going on for them or about anything that is worrying them. A counsellor is someone who will listen to you; they will not judge you or tell you what to do. Young people bring a very wide range of issues to counselling; including relationships, bereavement and loss, anxiety, low mood, stress and identity.
The counselling approach is tailored to the individual; but may incorporate play and creative based therapy, psychoeducation or CBT. The aim of counselling is to provide a safe space in which the individual can explore what is going on for them. This may improve self-awareness and empower the individual with the tools and resilience to better manage their difficulties. The advantage of counsellors being embedded within the cluster of schools is that recommendations and follow up can be provided both with the school and to families which might include further support for the young person and / or family after counselling has ended.
The therapeutic service offers all young people in Aireborough an opportunity to access counselling at a time and place that is convenient for them. Most likely this is during the school day in their own school, but flexibility can be offered to include after school and off-site appointments.
We offer short-term therapeutic interventions with young people between the ages of 5 and 18, usually up to 8 weekly sesssions, though again some flexibility can be offered.