School Counselling Services

At Queenswood, we have a school counsellor for students to access. Our counsellor, Katie Bishop, is available for individual counselling sessions with students. She is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, and has knowledge of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Systemic Therapy (family) and Mindfulness. Katie is a member of the BACP.

Here is a brief description of how the system works.

The student, a member of staff or parent/caregiver, can make referrals. This can be done by completing this referral form. Once completed, please send this to [email protected]. Katie will aim to see a student within two weeks for an initial assessment, however, following this they may be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available. It is important that the student is aware that a referral has been made as Katie will make contact with them once the form has been returned. This is the responsibility of the person referring.

Students will be offered an initial 15-minute assessment. Should the student meet the threshold for counselling they will be offered 12 sessions. At session 8 this will be reviewed with the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead), and they may be offered additional sessions, if it is felt to be appropriate.

Students will only be offered sessions if they are not having any other form of therapy as this can cause a conflict of interest. Sessions will be 30-45 minutes; this is agreed between Katie and the student. Sessions will be offered weekly or fortnightly depending on the needs of the student. In some cases, the student may be offered two weekly sessions of 30 minutes. Sessions will ideally take place outside of lesson time.

If the student misses two sessions in a row without notice, the level of engagement will be questioned and a decision will be made as to whether therapy should continue. Working with siblings can present as a challenge, this will be assessed on an individual family basis. Sessions are confidential, Katie will not share information with parents/caregivers unless the student has given permission or there is a concern for causing harm to self or others.