The Spires College has a fully qualified counsellor who is able to offer a confidential counselling sessions to all students. Her name is Mrs Ayres. Counselling provides a safe and confidential setting for students to explore any issues they may be experiencing. Students are encouraged to tell their parents that they are seeing the Counsellor, but this is not compulsory. Any issues which arise of a Safeguarding nature are immediately referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Counsellor is available every day during term time. Students can make appointments in the following ways:
- Direct contact in room 1217
- Via the Tutor, Pastoral Support Manager or Head of Year
- Via the school email system
- Via Phone or text on 07885297928. The Counsellor will get back to you if she is unable to take your call.
Students can discuss any issue. Frequently raised issues are relationships, stress, exam stress, bereavement, anxiety, school related issues, family problems, self-harm, drug/alcohol related issues, eating disorders and emotional feelings. In fact, anything that is causing the student worry or concern.
During the first session the student will get to know the Counsellor. They can decide if they think counselling is for them. At the end of the session the student can decide if they would like future appointments. The choice is always left to the student.
The counselling service works within the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice.