St. Machar Academy Counselling Service – Room 2 Talk
What is Counselling?
- Private and confidential support for all pupils.
- You can talk, draw, write, play games or make things to express how you feel.
- Counselling is a safe space where you can be heard and understood. You won’t be told what to do, but can be supported to help you to find your own solutions.
- Counselling can help you to explore what’s troubling you, to make choices, work through feelings and improve relationships.
- Counselling can help you to offload and feel stronger.
- Counselling can help prevent thoughts, feelings and problems from building up and getting worse and can help you to learn how to cope with them.
Why Come to Counselling?
- “I just need to talk to someone.”
- “I’m always alone.”
- “I feel angry all the time.”
- “Everyone hates me.”
- “I can’t concentrate.”
- “I have questions about the person I am.”
- “I can’t carry on.”
- “I can’t survive without harming myself.”
- “I feel panicky/anxious/worried.”
- “I’m stressed.”
- “I can’t eat.”
- “I can’t sleep.”
- “I’m scared.”
- “I’ve lost someone I care about.”
- “I feel upset/down.”
- “I’m being bullied.”
- “My parents fight all the time.”
- “I hate school.”
- “I don’t feel very confident.”
- “I want to develop my self-esteem.”
- “I want to feel I can cope.”
- “I want to feel calmer.”
- “I want to feel stronger.”
- “I want someone to listen to me.”
Will you tell anyone what I talk about?
- Information will only be passed on if I feel you or someone else are at risk from harm. It may be that we agree I’ll talk to your Guidance Teacher, Depute, Parent/Guardian or my Line Manager/Supervisor in order to help keep people safe.
Do my parents/guardians or teachers have to know I’m coming for counselling?
- If you are 12 years old or over, you don’t need anyone’s permission. If you are under 12, you will need a parent/guardian’s permission. You might want to tell someone (friend, family member, teacher) that you’re coming for counselling and this is fine.
- The counsellor will register you so you won’t be marked as being absent.
When and where are sessions? How many will I have?
- Sessions are in school. The counselling room is “Room 2 Talk”, upstairs at the end of the English corridor nearest the Junior Social Area.
- You can have as many sessions as you need and you can change your mind at any time.
- Sessions normally last for one period and are once a week. Or you can come at break or lunch time. If you come during class time, we would normally meet at different times every week so you’re not always missing the same subject.
- Sessions are one-to-one so you get plenty of time and privacy. If you don’t feel comfortable with this, we can talk about it and find out what will work for you.
How do I make an appointment?
- Pop in to “Room 2 Talk” to make an appointment, ask questions, pick up some leaflets or just have a look. Come along any time.
- Put your name, class and how I can contact you (eg mobile number) on an appointment request card or leaflet which are in the library or nurse’s room and put it under my door and I will contact you with an appointment.
- Ask your Guidance Teacher or any member or staff. They can contact me for you.
- Phone or text – 07809656571
- Email – Martin@vsa.org.uk
Childline – www.childline.org.uk 0800 11 11
Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk