Services for Schools
Counselling can often help children and young people who are struggling with a variety of issues. These may include anxiety, depression or low mood, grief or those suffering from or supporting others with long term illnesses or disabilities. Counselling can also help if there are problems with relationships, body image and self-esteem.
Having the opportunity to meet weekly and work therapeutically on their counselling goals can support a young person’s development in many positive ways. Pupils may already be receiving support in nurture groups or from a TA; the work I do can support this but is different and helped by me being impartial.
Sometimes it is unclear exactly what is going on for a child but as professionals we may be aware something isn’t right; counselling can provide that safe space for a child to work confidentially to access and reflect on their feelings. In offering such provision a school sends out the important message that our mental health is important, support is available and change is possible.
The aim of my work is to support children and young people in developing confidence, resilience and motivation to lead their best possible life. In order to work towards this I focus on:-
- Assisting the young person to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world
- Supporting the creation of a greater awareness and utilisation of their personal resources
- Developing the young person’s ability to address problems and pursue personally meaningful goals
- Helping children and young people build their resilience
I work with individual children for 50 minute sessions. The first session will include an assessment of the client’s needs and the final session will include an evaluation of the counselling work. This means outcomes of the work can be monitored while confidentiality is maintained. Longer term work with a client will also involve interim assessments to ensure counselling continues to be effective and the right option for that young person.
I provide all necessary creative materials for the counselling work but will require a quiet room in which to work where confidentiality can be maintained.
I recommend a minimum of 8 counselling sessions, with 12 sessions being an optimum amount.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate, up to date safeguarding training and am GDPR compliant.
Please contact me to further discuss your needs.
My name is Laura Schofield and I am a qualified postgraduate counsellor, based in the Kirklees Local Authority and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a member of the BACP I work within their Ethical Framework and am professionally supervised. I am experienced in counselling children and adults.
As an integrative therapist I tailor the way I work with my clients depending on their needs. Very often children and young people find it difficult to verbalise their feelings and I am qualified to work creatively using a variety of materials to support the counselling process.
I have a specialist interest in and experience of working with children and young people in schools. Having worked as a teacher and senior leader in primary schools I understand the pressures facing both pupils and school staff and work sensitively, flexibly and confidentially in the educational environment. I have experience of working with children in schools as a sessional school counsellor and through work for Place2Be and Childline.
My aim is to assist my young clients to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world and support them in developing resilience to address problems and be able to move forward.
- PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Children in Schools
- PGCE – primary education
- BA (Hons) Psychology Degree