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.
The Counsellor is available every day during term time and appointments can be made in the following ways:
- Direct contact in room 1704;
- Via their Tutor, Pastoral Support Manager or Head of Year;
- Via the school email system.
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.