Villiers Counselling Service

 

If you are struggling with your emotional or mental health, the counsellor is here for you!

The counsellor is a trained and qualified therapist, who offers specialist therapeutic and psychological support for students (in the first instance) wishing to explore any difficulties that they may be experiencing.

A safe and confidential space is provided for you to talk about your personal issues in life or anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. Situations that may cause you to doubt your abilities.

The service is free for all students and parents. Staff are also welcome.

 

Frequently asked questions:

 

How do I get in touch with the Counsellor?

 

Appointment Booking

To book an appointment all you need to do is log onto the booking system (using your student ID number and your usual Villiers password), select Counselling Service and complete your registration.

The whole process is completed online and once we have reviewed your completed forms, you will be able to see and book any available appointments.

Students can book appointments at any time when ready by logging into the ‘Villiers Sharepoint’ page and scroll to the end by clicking ‘counselling booking service’.

 

New Students  https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23294974&appointmentType=category:Counselling%20New%20Students

Previous Students  https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23294974&appointmentType=category:Counselling%20Previous%20Students

Staff  https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23294974&appointmentType=category:Counselling%20Staff 

 

Parents can also book an appointment to see me if they are concerned about their child by following the link given below

 

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23294974&calendarID=5718782

 

If you have any difficulty with using the platform or you have any questions you would like to ask, you are very welcome to get in touch with via and we will do our best to help you.

Counselling is offered face-to-face on a one–to-one basis.

 

How much time will I spend in counselling?

The Service offers short-term counselling. Sessions that last approximately 50 minutes and can be scheduled as and when.

Sessions are bookable on a One-At-A-Time (OAAT) basis which means rather than booking a block of sessions ahead of time, you choose the time of appointment that suits you via the Counselling booking system. This offers you complete autonomy on how and when you want to access support.

 

What problems can I expect to talk about?

You can talk to your counsellor about anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable in your life or if you just need someone to listen without being judgemental.

Some examples of issues brought to counselling include but are not limited to:

  • Relationship and family difficulties
  • Depression/anxiety/stress
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Academic issues
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Eating difficulties
  • Physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Sexual and personal identity issues

 

Is counselling confidential?

The counselling service works within a strict code of confidentiality. Confidentiality is an essential component within counselling and an integral part of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Ethical Framework, to which the counsellor is a registered member.

All interactions with the counselling service, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counselling, and your records are confidential to Villiers High School Counselling Service. No record of counselling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file. You may request in writing that the counselling staff release specific information about your counselling to persons you designate.

 

How can I prepare for counselling?

Your initial appointment is an opportunity for you to speak with your counsellor and briefly discuss why you have been referred or referred yourself for counselling. You may want to think about any questions you may have for your counsellor at this stage. Once you are ready, you can book your appointment.

 

What if I am worried about a friend?

The Counselling Service encourages anyone seeking counselling to make direct contact with the Service themselves because this is reflective and congruent with the client’s decision to have counselling. Counselling is most effective when it is voluntary so we would encourage you to encourage your friend to contact us.

If you are worried about your friend, you may also wish to contact the Counselling Service for advice about how to support them.

 

I feel I am at risk. What shall I do?

if you feel you are in crisis or at risk and need to talk to someone immediately, please contact Emergency Services by dialling 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department.

 

The closest A&E department in Ealing is:

  • Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, UB1 3HW (no children's A&E)

If you are not able to speak to your counsellor and your situation is not as urgent. Then you can contact the following services anonymously.

  • The Samaritans (24/7 support) - Phone – 116 123; SMS:Text SHOUT to 85258
  • Childline: Phone – 0800 1111
  • Young minds: text YM to 85258 for free, 24/7 support.
  • Runaway: Help line: 116 000; SMS: Text service: 116 000
  • Bullying UK: Help line: 0808 800 2222
  • Refuge (help for teenage girls experiencing violence) Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Boys/Men’s advice (help for those experiencing DV) Help line: 0808 801 0327

You can also speak to the safeguarding team at your school

Call Safeguarding on 020 8813 8001 (available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).