School life is such an important component in the shaping of the minds and lives of children and young people, workers in education have a privileged opportunity to really make a positive impact on the young people in their care – providing counselling for them and emotional support for the staff who care for them, is a very positive ethos for schools to adopt.
Providing school counselling for over 10 years
I have provided counselling services and consultancy to schools in Birmingham for 10 years. Starting as a person-centred counsellor at a Birmingham Youth Counselling Charity in 2005, where I worked as a volunteer counsellor and later as a paid school Counsellor until 2010. During that time I worked in a top Independent boys school and helped set up and run school counselling services at 2 grammar schools also in Birmingham. Then I was approached to set up a new school counselling service in a top Independent Girls school in Edgbaston and have been providing one to one Integrative Counselling to students aged 11-18 since 2014 and consultancy to staff. I also offers counselling to students and pastoral support sessions for busy school staff at a Birmingham Academy School, where I set up the school counselling service in 2009.
Advising on setting up schools counselling services and implementing the start up in schools is a passion of mine, as I have seen how much counselling can benefit young people when they receive it as soon as they start to experience difficulties. I believe all young people who need it should have access to counselling services at school, where it is statistically shown they are more likely to engage with and use services, and at a time when they need it most. I can come into school to see students or staff, or some staff may wish to contact me privately to arrange support sessions, counselling or walk and talk appointments.
Pastoral staff support
Pastoral support is not counselling – rather a reflective supervision space and a regular, confidential, (usually) monthly meeting, where, on a one to one basis, staff have the option to discuss how their role at school impacts them personally, helping them to acknowledge that impact and any affects on their own well-being, so they may address any issues arising, before their well-being is compromised. Its aim being a healthy acknowledgement and proactive approach to maintaining their own well-being while they attend to the educational and pastoral needs of the students in their care at school. This reflective supervision is not a replacement for school line management, but is certainly supportive, compatible and sympathetic to the team approach in schools.
Summary of Services
- One to one counselling with students aged 11 – 18
- One to one Reflective Supervision meetings for staff members, heads of year, middle and senior management, pastoral staff.
- Consultancy services advising on setting up school counselling services.
- Private counselling for busy school staff, away from the school environment.
Experience in schools/university
- King Edward VI School (Independent School for Boys)
- King Edward VI Camphill School for Girls (Grammar School)
- King Edward VI Camphill School for Boys (Grammar School)
- King Edward VI High School for Girls (Independent School for Girls) – current
- Bartley Green School (Comprehensive/Academy School/Mixed) – current
- Warwick University Counselling Service
Call Bronwyn on 07805 791490 to discuss your school’s or individual needs or complete the contact page and I can get back in touch.
“The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child.” Carl Jung.