Schools Counselling

Helping young people to feel safe, healthy and happy at school.

Helping young people to feel safe, healthy and happy at school.

School can be a fun and exciting place, but also scary, confusing and challenging.

Children and young people don’t always feel that they can voice their worries at school. There may be pressure from peers or teachers to act a certain way, and many young people bottle up emotions while in their place of education.

We provide counselling services at schools across the North of England so young people have a space to talk about anything that is bothering them with an impartial and empathetic professional.


What is schools counselling?

Schools counselling works in the same way as all our talking therapies. Individuals can explore their thoughts, troubles and emotions with a trained professional and find ways to move beyond whatever is bothering them.

Our counsellors that work in schools have all completed additional training to specialise in helping young people.

We always ensure schools counselling is confidential so that peers and teachers don’t know what is discussed during sessions.

Your service has been a great help to us at this school. Children aren’t left waiting around to speak to somebody about how they are feeling. Thank you.
- Pastoral Manager, St John Fishers RC High School
How does schools counselling help young people?

Schools counselling ensures that young people don’t have to go through hard times alone. Students can leave the pressure and expectations from being at school at the door and talk honestly and confidentially with a qualified professional.

Some young people may be having problems at home with parents, siblings or friends and need a space to talk without the involvement of family.

Others may be having difficulties directly related to school. They may need to talk to someone outside of their day-to-day life and education.

Students can pop into sessions discreetly without the need for travelling long distances to an unfamiliar location. They don’t necessarily need to inform parents that they need help.


How can my school benefit from schools counselling?

We have developed strong relationships with our current partner schools to ensure both teachers and students benefit from the service.

While counsellors help address some of the emotional needs of students going through difficult times, teachers can be free to focus on the teaching.

Additionally, if students feel they have their emotional needs addressed, they are more able to focus on learning and being the best student they can in class.

Any school that works with us is assigned a trained counsellor who is clinically supervised by an experienced TLC supervisor.

Schools are given a named project contact at TLC and receive an annual report about the sessions we deliver and their outcomes.

We have over 20 years’ experience delivering counselling in schools, and over 40 years’ as an organisation supporting young people with their mental wellbeing. We currently work with a range of schools and support thousands of young people every year.

All of our counsellors have graduated from counselling training at Diploma Level 4 or above. Our counsellors that work in schools have completed additional training in working with young people at different developmental stages.

They’re also trained in a variety of supplementary skills that can benefit young people during sessions, such as play therapy, art therapy and creative practices.

We are experienced in tackling a wide range of issues. Some of the problems young people come to us with include:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Family difficulties
  • Navigating care systems
  • Identity, self-esteem and confidence
  • Sexuality, race and belonging
The schools we currently work with are Ashton on Mersey School, Audenshaw School, Fairfield High School for Girls, Pendlebury Centre, St. Philip’s CE Primary School.
We’re always open to expanding our portfolio, so get in touch if you’re interested in having our counselling services at your school. You can contact us at 0161 872 1100.

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