In St Patrick’s College, our counselling service provides a private and confidential setting to discuss the problems or difficulties a pupil may be having. A counsellor will listen carefully to a pupil and begin to understand his or her difficulties and help them to see things more clearly. Some people find it more helpful to talk openly to someone outside of their family or friends. The counsellor does not judge or offer advice but assists in exploring a range of different feelings such as anger, sadness, grief and anxiety and helps a person look at different options or coping strategies.

Counselling can help our pupils begin to feel more confident and respected through having their feelings acknowledged. Counselling only happens with the consent of the pupil and within a relationship of trust. The counselling is confidential but there may be situations where we would have serious concerns such as risk of harm to self or others which may mean that we would need to speak to another organisation to pass on the relevant information. The counselling organisation used in St Patrick’s College is New Life Counselling.

New Life Counselling

New Life Counselling is a voluntary counselling organisation committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing needs of its clients through the provision of counselling and therapeutic services. New Life Counselling provides counselling services for children, young people, adults and families.