Counselling helps young people to navigate their way through difficult times and improves their resilience. It is an enhancing element complimenting the many other positive aspects of school life which contribute to supporting the development of mentally well individuals within our community. Most children grow up to be mentally healthy without counselling intervention, however, many young people have poor mental health and surveys suggest that this is an increasing problem, particularly so for young people who are already vulnerable.
Choices offer a Youth Counselling service to all young people that our Relationship Revolution team are engaging with. Our Youth Counselling service currently operates in two city secondary schools.
“I am now in a very different place than I was before I started counselling, thank you.”
Our counselling provision has been at capacity since being established in October 2012, it is available to S1-S6 pupils and is accessed by referral from Guidance Staff or School Nurses. In 2013 we were able to provide 500 counselling hours and met with 59 students. Our services are thoroughly evaluated, in addition we use YPCore, a recommended therapeutic tool, to measure wellbeing in young people accessing the service.
Our Youth Counselling Service is confidential and the referral criterion ‘relationship difficulties’. Our Youth Counselling team are qualified Person-Centred Counsellors who have over 10 years’ experience of working with young people who have a variety of complex needs and are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
“It has helped, I used to be aggressive about stuff now I’m not because counselling helped.”
As part of our aims to improve the mental and relational wellbeing of young people in the city our youth counsellor also runs relaxation groups for young people, parenting support groups and CPD sessions for teachings staff.