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We have a professional counsellor to help students with any problems they might have.
"My name is Foluke Taylor and I am the school counsellor at BHS. I am one of the people here to help you when things get difficult or are perhaps not working out as you may have hoped."
What is counselling about?
Think of life as a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes it all slots into place quickly and easily and at other times it’s a jumble of pieces that are difficult to match together. Counselling is like sorting out the pieces so that we can build a picture that makes more sense to us. Common issues raised in counselling include anxiety, stress, relationships, loss and traumatic events but anything that is a concern can be discussed.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk in private about anything that is worrying you. I will help you to look at choices and encourage you to make your own decisions.
What you tell me is not repeated to others without your permission unless there are very serious concerns about your own or another person’s safety. This will be explained at our initial meeting.
As a counsellor I work with a definition called ‘Gillick Competency’ which is a way of deciding when a young person is old enough to make decisions for themselves about their lives. This is an individual decision based on how well you understand what counselling is and the consequences of not telling your parents. Often, young people’s counselling services are offered from age 13 years. Counselling works best when you are able to tell your parents and they can support you but it may be that you wish to come for counselling without them knowing. This is something that we would talk about in our initial meeting.