Sometimes we all have problems that are worrying. Counselling is the opportunity for young people to talk about things that concern them. What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, relationships, change, loss and distressing traumatic events. Think of a confusing jigsaw when all the pieces are difficult to match together. Talking about a problem in counselling is like sorting out all the pieces so we can begin to build a picture that makes more sense to us.
A key feature of our service is that information discussed in the counselling session is treated confidentially. Counselling is a time when it’s OK to talk about concerns without the fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. This can be hard for parent to accept at times, but ensuring confidentiality of the work is crucial for establishing trust so that young people feel confident to speak openly and freely about what is concerning them. However, if a young person appears to be at risk of significant harm it may be appropriate to seek help from our Safeguarding team.
Parental support is very welcome. Our experience shows that the most useful thing a parent can do is to show acceptance of counselling as a normal and useful activity and to show an interest if their son/daughter wishes to talk about it, but not to press if they don’t. We acknowledge that this isn’t an easy task and it is quite natural for parents to feel anxious about what is being said in the sessions. It is always our hope that talking with a counsellor will lead to greater openness with parents and families, you will need to allow a little time for this to happen.
The Ramsey Academy Counselling Service consists of qualified and student counsellors, overseen by Julia Speechley MBACP (Accred). The student counsellors are in their final year of study and are on placement from either Essex University, Anglian Ruskin University or Contemporary College in London. All counsellors receive supervision of their work with young people, to ensure the quality of their practice and this is confidential.