My name is Janette Saxby and I am a qualified Counsellor and follow the BACP Code of Ethics. I have many years of experience in schools, which includes Special Schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Colleges. I also attend Counselling Supervision once a Month out of school time). Here at Birchwood Counselling has been positive with both Staff and Students.

Counselling Interventions delivered by myself are where the students can explore, understand and aim to overcome issues in their lives causing them difficulty, distress and/or confusion. A Counselling Session is for 40 minutes and helps the students with personal, social and emotional issues affecting their wellbeing, attendance, learning and academic achievements, and relationships. Counselling also helps to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing. During the sessions, I offer the students the opportunity to express and explore how they feel and what they are thinking. The sessions are one-to-one in a welcoming and supportive environment that also allows them their own ways of addressing their issues. The sessions are confidential which means that the sessions allow the student to be in a confidential safe space, unless there is a safeguarding issue. I discuss this to the students and staff. If I’m concerned about anything I follow the BACP Code of Ethics procedure and schools safeguarding policy.

Some students may not yet have acquired the skills, language and understanding, to enable them to engage fully in traditional talking therapies. I use different ways of exploring experiences and expressing emotion beyond just talking. I quite often use play therapy, role-play, and storytelling, sculpts and art therapy into the sessions and have found this very productive. In order to adopt a positive learning environment in the classroom it is important to recognise the importance of each of these relationships and, especially, our own contribution as support staff to developing them.