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Schools Based Counselling Service Referral Form
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Counselling at Malmesbury School
The counselling service at Malmesbury School has been supporting students and staff since February 2014, when it was first established. It is well recognised throughout the school community for the support it provides, and it goes some way to illustrate the importance we associate with mental wellbeing across the school.
We are lucky to have appointed such an excellent team of counsellors and they are able to provide a service to students and staff during school hours five days a week.
Most counselling sessions take place in the bungalow, which is a separate building to the main school. The bungalow has its own reception area and a well-equipped counselling room. We believe that the slight separation from the main school helps to add an additional layer of privacy for students and staff who use the service.
How counselling can help young people
Many young people struggle with how they feel. They can experience problems with friends, family or school, they can become anxious, depressed, angry or scared and sometimes they need to talk to someone but find it difficult to talk to people they know.
Counselling is the most common form of talking therapy and is sometimes available on the NHS through the GP surgery. It can help young people deal with issues and events and the effects they are having on their mental wellbeing. The counsellor will help explore the problem, the symptoms and strategies for coping.
How adults can help their children
Friends and family can be vital sources of support and can help young people cope with stressful situations and difficult times. When a young person is feeling down or having a hard time, it is important for them to spend time with other people.
Be positive about counselling as an option and encourage your child to attend sessions even if the benefits are not immediately apparent.
These are things that can really make a difference:
- Notice changes in your child’s mood. Your instinct will probably tell you if your child is not feeling their best.
- Your child may feel that you won’t understand but you can often surprise them… and yourself!
- It is important to let them know that you care about them and you want what is best for them. Tell your child that you are willing to help if you can.
- Be open and available to talk through problems. Pick a time that is good for you both, where you have enough time to have a proper conversation without being interrupted. Do more listening than talking.
- Ask what you can do to help. Stay calm and positive and try to be the ‘strong one’.
- Make it clear you will not say anything to anybody else if they don’t want you to, unless you have a significant concern for their safety.
- Help with practical support; for example, if your child has to go for an appointment but feels uncomfortable about going on their own, go with them, even if you wait outside.
- Provide emotional support; this is often a case of listening and being empathetic, rather than trying to find answers or solutions.
- Suggest people your child might be safe to confide in (e.g. mum, dad, sibling, other relative, friend, GP, helpline). Encourage them to think about:
Ø who they feel easy talking to about personal matters
Ø who is non-judgmental and a good listener
Ø someone they have known for a while rather than a new friend
Ø someone who may have been in a similar situation and would have empathy. (This is often why people choose forums because they feel comfortable talking to people who have experienced similar things to them)