Counselling and Life Coaching at Dorothy Stringer School
Dorothy Stringer Counselling Service:
We provide our students with access to a school based counselling service delivered in school by YMCA Dialogue, a BACP accredited service. There is a counsellor working in the school on a Tuesday and a Friday. Sometimes life can be really difficult and it can feel hard to cope. It's OK to ask for help. We work with young people about many issues including; self-harm, sexual identity, suicidal feelings, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, anger, attachment issues, general mental health issues, bullying, eating disorders, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, friendship issues, bereavement and stress.
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Life Coaching is provided from a certified and accredited Career and Personal Life Coach, designed to encourage personal development in young people while providing an outlet for their stresses and anxieties.
Sometimes young people can feel like they are stuck on a never ending rollercoaster. The expectations they have on themselves, as well as the pressures of fitting in, growing up and planning a future can make it hard for them to cope.
At Dorothy Stringer we have a certified and accredited Career and Personal Life Coach. Our Life Coaching service is designed to encourage personal development in young people while providing an outlet for their stresses and anxieties.
Sometimes young people can feel like they are stuck on a never ending rollercoaster. The expectations they have for themselves, as well as the pressures of fitting in, growing up and planning a future can make it hard for them to cope.
Coaching can help young people develop life skills and learn how to manage some of the stresses that come along the way. This can include:
- building confidence and self esteem
- setting and achieving goals
- managing stress and anxiety
- discussing difficult issues.
Information for Students
How will I know if Counselling or Coaching is right for me?
When you get referred into the student wellbeing service we will assess what service is most appropriate for your needs. When we meet you for an assessment we can talk about counselling and coaching and check that you feel you are accessing the best support.
How do I get to see a Counsellor or Coach?
If you wish to see a Counsellor or Coach ask your Tutor/HOY to refer you.
How long before I can see a Counsellor or Coach?
We try to meet with people who have been referred as soon as possible but the times for this can vary. If you have been referred and you would like to know how long it is likely to be then do ask the person who referred you.
How often will I see the Counsellor or Coach?
For both counselling and coaching you will be offered an assessment and then six sessions, once a week during term time.
I want to access Counselling but don't want to do it at school – where can I go?
We can refer you to counselling in the Community Wellbeing service instead of in school if this is more suitable for your needs.
Does anyone else find out what I've been saying to the Counsellor/Coach?
What you say and do in counselling is confidential so we won't tell anyone about this. The exception to this is if you are at risk of harm. If this does happen then we talk to you about it and let you know who we are going to pass the information on to in order to help keep you safe.
I want to speak to someone but it doesn't have to be a qualified counsellor or coach?
We have a dedicated group of staff who volunteer their lunchtimes in our drop-in room opposite the tennis courts, 12:30-1pm Mon-Fri. They will listen to any students who need to talk about any academic, social or personal concerns. They can also help refer you to other services if need be:
Student Drop-In Timetable:
| ||Week 1||Week 2|
|Monday||Mrs A Jones||Mrs R Cowan-Owca |
|Tuesday||Ms H Watts||Ms H Goodchild |
|Wednesday||Ms R Walton||Ms T Halpern |
|Thursday||Mrs R Francis||Mr M Schvetz |
|Friday||Mr N Imrie||Ms S Meyer |
I am really concerned about myself and/or someone else. Who can I contact if I think this is an emergency?
If you are really concerned about the safety of someone you care about, the best thing to do is tell an adult you trust. It can be really difficult to carry such a heavy load all by yourself but you are not alone! There is a lot of help available.
Your GP is a very good person to contact if you are urgently in need of help. Depending on the nature of your concerns, you or an adult you trust may also consider contacting the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The Triage team are available Mon-Fri 9am-1pm on 0300 002 0060 or by email at: BICS.firstname.lastname@example.org
ChildLine can also be reached on 0800 1111.
The Young Person's Centre (YPC) on Ship Street in Brighton:
If you're aged 11-25 and living in or around Brighton and Hove, you can access low cost counselling sessions at the YPC. Call YPC to arrange an initial chat: 01273 711633 or text 07876 865950
You can also email YPC at email@example.com
If you can't make it to the YPC, or don't like the idea of talking face to face, why not try their online counselling service, E-motion? YPC can put you in touch with your own online counsellor who will support you via email. For more info visit www.e-motionbh.org.uk
Youth Advice Centre (YAC) 11 St Georges Place, Brighton
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Contact YAC: For information about our supported accommodation in Brighton & Hove contact us:
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