The Spires College has a fully qualified Counsellor who is able to offer a confidential counselling sessions to all students. 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.
Our Counsellor, Mrs Edwards, is available every day during term time and appointments can be made in the following ways:
- Direct contact in room 1217.
- Via their Tutor, Pastoral Support Manager or Head of Year.
The email address for our Student Counsellor is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be checked by the counsellor at least once a day on school days. Generally weekends and holidays will not be covered. If you leave a message stating you are at risk please be aware the counsellor may not read your message for some time. If you need immediate support you can ring childline on 0800 1111.
Frequently raised issues are relationships, stress, exam stress, bereavement, anxiety, school related issues, family problems, self-harm, drug/alcohol related issues and eating disorders but students can discuss any issue that is causing them worry or concern.
During the first session the student and counsellor will get to know each other. The student can decide if they think counselling is for them and, at the end of the session, 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. Any safeguarding concerns will be referred to our Designated Safeguarding Lead.