Haileybury's counselling service is a core part of our commitment to pastoral care for every pupil. Based at the Health Centre three times a week, the School Counsellor is a fully-trained, accredited and registered professional offering a confidential service for pupils and staff.
Counselling is today recognised as one of the best ways of helping people through difficult periods in their lives.
As part of our commitment to the pastoral care and support of every pupil, Haileybury employs a school counsellor who works in the School three days a week to see both pupils and staff (and is also available for parents to consult with). The School Counsellor is a core part of the pastoral support team.
Pupils seek counselling for a variety of problems. Counselling provides them with the opportunity to talk in confidence to a professionally qualified counsellor about worries or difficulties that may be affecting them. The option of counselling provides a source of emotional help from a trained professional.
There may be issues that pupils prefer to talk to the counsellor about rather than a member of the teaching staff. This is because, as a trained and experienced healthcare professional, the counsellor is more removed from their day-to-day school life and does not play a role in making assessments about pupils' academic performance.
It is hoped that, by helping pupils to focus and understand their difficulties and by supporting them to make any necessary changes, counselling will not only help them to develop as confident individuals, leading happy and fulfilled lives, but will help them go on to achieve their full potential academically.
Pupils are able to either self-refer for counselling or, in some cases, may be encouraged to make an appointment by parents, their Housemaster, Housemistress or a member of the pastoral support staff.
The counselling is usually delivered on an individual basis in 50-minute sessions once a week. Sometimes the counsellor will work with groups if an issue is affecting more than one child, for example exam anxiety.
Sessions can last up to 50 minutes and are usually once a week although if required may be more frequent. On occasions the counsellor may also ask to meet with parents and may see pupils and parents together. The number of sessions will depend on the needs of the pupil.
Haileybury's School Counsellor is Lindsey Othen-Price, MSc, BA, Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP (accredited). Lindsey is based in the Health Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; to speak with her or to make an appointment, she can be contacted via email or by telephone on 01992 706 241.