The Therapeutic Services team provides specialised emotional and therapeutic support to pupils. One to one sessions include Anger Management, Emotional Literacy and Therapeutic Counselling using the Arts.
We currently have three fully qualified Psychotherapists and Counsellors working in the team, offering the highest level of therapeutic support to pupils presenting with complex issues. Each of our therapists bring their own experience and individual approach to working with pupils, however all are qualified to offer the highest level of emotional support.
Our Anger Management offers support to pupils who have identified problems managing their anger. We guide and education pupils that healthy expression of anger is vital. However, we stress that expression of anger through violence or aggression is not acceptable.
This service forms part of the PSHE programme for Year 10 pupils. Pupils are provided with relevant information aiming to increase their awareness with regard to the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol.
We use mindfulness techniques to help our pupils understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy anger and recognising positive and negative emotional states. Ultimately, we support them in seeking an emotional balance through this awareness and acceptance of their thoughts and feelings, in the present moment.
Sandplay provides a very powerful vehicle to explore through metaphor a young person’s internal world. It provides a safe and containing platform to express past trauma and current difficulties. These issues often arise unconsciously, through the process of choosing and placing symbols in the sand.
We are able to offer bereavement counselling to pupils affected by loss. This is a very gentle intervention, that seeks to support the young person in his experience of grief.
Group sessions are often arranged for older pupils who have previously accessed one-to-one support with the Coach House team. They focus on various issues relevant to adolescence and BESD.
If a pupil if identified as being involved in incidents of bullying they are referred for support to address and overcome these cycles of behaviour. We have facilitated group anti-bullying workshops, as well as individual, more specific support.