Schools Counselling

Support for children & young people in their schools and education centres

We provide counselling for Children and Young People in their schools across Greater Manchester.


What is Schools Counselling?

Similarly to our children and young people's counselling within our centres, we work in partnership with a range of schools across Greater Manchester, to place experienced counsellors within the school, to work with children and young people who may need additional support.

This service has been successfully running for over 20 years and aims to support children and young people with issues they're facing, in a familiar and safe environment for them. The counsellors are specifically trained to counsel younger age groups and we ensure that the most appropriate service is being offered by a qualified and knowledgeable professional.

We have seen how counselling can be incredibly beneficial to younger people as they can talk about their issues, separate from their parents, teachers and peers, without fear of judgement. It is a confidential environment where they can talk through their feelings and begin to understand them better.

All our children and young people's counsellors are dedicated, friendly and experienced in supporting younger clients to feel at ease and supported, ensuring they feel comfortable attending counselling.

"87% of Children or Young People in our service felt less isolated"
-Client Feedback Report

What sort of issues can counselling help younger people with?

They may be having problems at school or at home or be finding things difficult with a girlfriend or boyfriend. It can be tough trying to sort out this kind of stuff by themselves. Talking to someone who isn’t involved is a good way of helping them figure out what they’d like to change.

We work with the issues the children and young people bring to the counselling room, however, we've found it particularly helpful for issues such as:

  • Bullying or difficult relationships with peers
  • Support in changing dynamics i.e. parents separating, moving to a new area, new birth of a sibling
  • Coping with school worries such as exam stress, pressure of studying, moving schools
  • Supporting them in developing better ways to communicate with others
  • Family issues such as a death in the family or parents fighting

What happens in a counselling session?

When the child or young person comes to see a counsellor, they'll have a chance to talk about anything that’s on their mind. The counsellor won’t tell them what to do or talk down to them– they’ll just listen.

For younger clients, parental consent will be required in order for the child to attend counselling. However, anything that the child of young person says to their counsellor is entirely confidential and no information is shared with the parents or school, unless there are safeguarding or child protection concerns. This ensures the child has a supportive environment to discuss issues confidentially and that their safety is the priority.

"92% of Children & Young People in our service felt less edgy or nervous"
-Client Feedback Report

Interested in learning more?

If you are a parent, teacher or work in a school, we may already be delivering this service within your child's school in Greater Manchester. Alternatively, if you don't currently have a schools counselling service and you are a school professional who is interested in us providing an experienced counsellor within your school, you can get in touch with us to discuss this further.

To find out more about where we work, or explore partnering with us to deliver this service, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact our Head of Development, Emily Williams - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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