Counselling is available to all students within the school. The counsellor offers confidential counselling and unless the student is at risk of serious harm is not obliged, unless the court directs, to divulge the content of their meetings. This gives the student a safe environment in which to explore issues that are troubling them. It is important to remember that counselling at Chipping Norton School does not take the place of parents, friends or teachers. The counsellor always respects and supports the role of parents, staff and friends in the student's life.
Traumas, parent divorce, problems with relationships, bereavement, and other difficult issues can lead to confusion and distress which have a profound effect on a young person's development. Through counselling, students can be helped to make sense of difficult thoughts and feelings and find ways of bringing about change. Often this alleviates unhappiness as more self- understanding develops.
Prolonged emotional difficulties such as unhappiness, anger, confusion, anxiety or fear will affect a young person's behaviour, their relationships at school and home and their ability to concentrate and learn. They may become withdrawn or unable to make friendships; aggressive or confrontational; someone who bullies or is bullied; anxious about coming to school; depressed, sad or unhappy with themselves. Anyone of these symptoms could indicate that this student may need help.
Students may be referred by both teaching and support staff as needs are identified. Professionals from outside the school and parents are also welcome to request counselling or suggest counselling to the student. The key test for the counsellor in the school is whether the student agrees to enter the process. Students may speak to a counsellor directly or request an appointment through the Pastoral Secretary in the Head of Year's office, their Year Head, tutor or any other member of staff.
The School Counsellor
Roger has been counselling in the school since September 2000. He spent seven years training, graduating with an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and professional registration with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). As well as working in the school he is in Private Practice and leads Art Therapy workshops.