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A counselling service has been established at Trinity for several years. It is available to any pupil and is very much part of the strong tradition of pastoral support within the school. It is provided by a fully qualified and accredited counsellor at certain times each week; this year these are on Monday 9.30am-2.45pm, Tuesday 9.30am- 4.45 pm and Wednesdays 9.30am-4.45pm during term time.
Pupils can refer themselves to the School Counsellor. Teachers can also refer pupils that they are worried about. You can download further information by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
How to make an appointment
Our counsellor is called Rosheen. You can make an appointment with her emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just let her know your name and year group and ask for an appointment; please do not put any details about why you want to see her in your email. Alternatively you could drop her a note and put it in the counsellor's post box behind the door to the stairs up to the drama studio. Contact details for the counsellor are also in the School Diary.
Adolescence and secondary education are times of immense change and pressure on young people, and it is quite normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed or confused by the challenges this can bring. Counselling offers a safe, confidential space to think through what is happening. The counsellor will not discuss issues raised during the counselling session without your permission, unless there are concerns about your welfare.
The counsellor doesn’t seek to give advice or solutions; instead the intention is to help you find your own pathway to resolving the issue, partly through providing a space in which you can talk about your feelings.
Young people come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, some of which are listed below:
- They might be feeling scared, sad or angry;
- There may be pressures from peers and/or difficulties with friendships;
- There might be problems at home;
- They might feel stressed about school work or exams;
- Some young people seek help because of bullying. While we always encourage pupils to tell a teacher if they are being bullied, sometimes it is also helpful to talk over feelings about this experience with someone else;
- Some young people experience issues around identity or sexuality, or they may have more general issues related to ‘growing up’ such as body image or self-esteem;
- Sometimes feelings get bottled up over time and become too much to handle on your own.
If you were experiencing any sort of difficult situation you might confide in your friends, in your siblings, parents or other family members, or in your teachers. Sometimes, however, it might be easier to talk to a counsellor because this is someone who doesn’t know you very well and who is not part of the situation that you are finding difficult – talking to someone who knows you may make you feel embarrassed or you might be worried about upsetting them. Sometimes people find they have very few people with whom they can share their problem because there just isn’t anyone that they normally talk to about their feelings; if you feel that you are in this situation, then you might consider seeing the counsellor.
Click HERE to download Trinity's Counselling Introduction information and HERE to download the Counselling Introduction for Parents.