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St Mark's Catholic School

St Mark's Catholic School


What is Counselling?

Counselling is an intervention that children or young people can voluntarily enter into if they want to explore, understand and overcome issues in their lives which may be causing them difficulty, distress and/or confusion. A counselling relationship has identified boundaries and an explicit contract agreed between the young person, counsellor and, where appropriate, parent or carer.

Good mental and emotional wellbeing is an integral part of children and young people’s holistic development. When this development is inhibited, counselling can be an effective and important resource. The aims of counselling are to: assist the child or young person to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to their world; to create a greater awareness and utilisation of their personal resources; to build their resilience; and to support their ability to address problems and pursue personally meaningful goals.

“It’s when someone listens to how you feel. They won’t tell you that you’re wrong. You are allowed to feel how you want to feel”.  (Client’s words)

We all need support from time to time and counselling provides a safe, supportive and confidential space to explore and work through whatever is troubling you with a trained counsellor. We are here to listen with acceptance, empathy and without judgement.   

When emotions and problems feel overwhelming, it may seem difficult to cope. Reaching out to someone may feel hard but it can make a difference. You can talk to us about anything – it's free and confidential – talking to us can really help!


Our Counselling Services in school

Hounslow Youth Counselling Services (HYCS)

Mental Health Support Teams (MHST)