Hathershaw College

School Counselling Service

School Counselling Service

Need to Talk?


What is Counselling?

Counselling provides the opportunity for us to talk about things that are concerning us. It can help to improve the way you feel about yourself and to think about issues in a different way.  Counselling can help to reduce your stress, give you new options/direction and help you to set new goals. 

Counsellors are trained to help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to help you to get to know yourself better. 

What can we discuss?

At Counselling sessions, you can discuss a wide variety of things such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Self-harm
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship issues; friends and/or family
  • Confidence issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse; alcohol/drugs
  • Anger etc.

Will the Counsellor tell anyone what I say?

The Counsellor won’t tell other people about you or your situation without your permission unless there is extreme concern for your well-being.

If there is concern that you or someone you know may be at risk or in danger, the Counsellor may need to get help from other staff to keep you safe.

We will always talk to you about this, keeping you informed of who will be contacted with regard to your safety.  Together, we will try to find the best thing to do for you.

How is Counselling different?


  • Don’t blame you or judge you
  • Will try to see things from your point of view
  • Don’t tell you what to do
  • Are there for you, whatever the problem
  • Are good at listening carefully
  • Can help you to sort out your own problems
  • Can give you the time and space you need

Will support you in any positive changes you decide to make

How long does the Counselling last?

The number of sessions depends on the issues being discussed.  Usually there are between 4-6 sessions, but in some cases there can be more.

Do I have to go?

Counselling is voluntary.  It’s your choice to attend the sessions!

Where and when does it take place?

Sessions take place in a private base in school one-to-one with the Counsellor.  They take place during lesson time for 40-45mins.

How do I find out more about Counselling?

  • Speak to your Year Manager, Mr Raza or Mrs Sager
  • Send the School Counsellor some questions on this email address: needtotalk@hathershaw.org,uk

How do I get to see the Counsellor?

Please speak to your Year Manager who can refer you to the Counsellor themselves.





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