Sometimes it is difficult to talk to parents, friends or teachers about things that are making us anxious. A counsellor is someone who you can talk to in a different way, someone who will listen to you very carefully, who will not judge you or tell you what to do.
Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself, making decisions and choices and helping you to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself.
Lynda Ketteridge is our Lead Counsellor and is working hard to expand the Counselling Service.
Kelsey O’Donohue is our other counsellor who works closely with Lynda and our students. We have 4 counsellors on placement. Students can ask to see a counsellor, parents can request this or referrals may be made by Heads of Year.
During therapy, what you talk about is confidential. That means it’s between you and the counsellor. It’s your time and your space to be with someone who is there for you and nobody else. Obviously if you want to talk to anyone else about what you have discussed in the counselling session that is up to you. The counsellor will keep confidentiality unless you, or someone else, are at risk of harm. The counsellor may then need to talk to someone else to help keep you safe, but will always try to talk with you about this first. Every week, support staff will meet and discuss referrals and determine the appropriate interventions for you and action will be taken.
If you have any questions you are welcome to either speak with your counsellor or a member of the school staff.
There are also online groups you can access:-
If you are concerned about your mental health contact your GP or in emergencies call 999 or go to accident and emergency.