What We Offer
Counselling at Millgate School
What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity to talk to a trained professional about your feelings, your thoughts and any problems you might have.
A counsellor will listen without making judgements about you or the people in your life.
Working with a counsellor can give you the opportunity to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and by doing so, to build a better understanding of yourself.
Sometimes, we might practise some helpful coping strategies together.
People who have had counselling have described many benefits from talking things through with a person who is not friends and family.
A counsellor may give some feedback to key workers and parents/carers about how the sessions are going, but the details of what is discussed will be confidential (unless there is a safeguarding concern).
When it is helpful, sometimes counsellors work with families, or other agencies, however this is done on an individual basis and with the full agreement of the young person having the counselling.
What happens in counselling sessions?
Your sessions will be as individual as you are. We can find many ways to communicate. We will talk and sometimes we might draw, or make something together, we might play together – a game or with toys, or maybe we will go for a walk together. You will never be forced to speak about things that you don’t want to, but you will be expected to contribute in the best way that you can.
Talking and thinking about some parts of our lives can be difficult, counsellors understand this and will not rush you.
We will discuss together how many sessions you have, and you will always have the choice about whether you want to do counselling.
How to access counselling?
Please contact Sarah or Nicola at school for more details.