Counselling in educational settings is a specialist activity and offers an effective source of support for students, enabling them to function better both in and outside of their school, college or university, enhancing their resilience and giving them resources to manage future difficulties.
Based in the West Midlands, counselling through Mindful Life Balance aims to provide a service for students experiencing emotional distress and/or behavioural problems as a result of social and peer pressure, family tensions, bereavement, difficulties with normal developmental issues and other similar issues which often result in under performance and achievement.
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
(Children’s Society, 2008)
Our practitioners at Mindful Life Balance liaise closely with Head Teachers, SENCOs, and Pastoral and Student Services, to identify the individual needs of students. We then offer a bespoke service such as one-to-one counselling with students or through our tailor-made workshops. These can range from anger management, self-esteem, coping with exam stress and anxiety to transition groups. We also have a successful model for setting up a peer mentoring scheme with anti-bullying strategies.
Our practitioners also have a wide range of expertise regarding outcome measures, effectiveness and evaluating presenting issues that are detailed in comprehensive reports.
Bereavement, loss, family and peer relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and bullying are some of the major issues that can lead to deterioration in a student’s behaviour, attainment and mental health. The effect of emotional upset experienced by children and young people often result in a change in their behaviour. When emotional distress is ignored, tension can build up and students become disaffected, ‘opting out’ by disengaging, or even truanting. Others may act out their feelings in a disruptive way with an escalation of incidents resulting in exclusions. In such cases counselling can be an effective source of support for these students, enabling them to function effectively and help them engage purposefully in education and the life of their educational establishment. Quiet children who do not ‘act out’ their feelings can also be suffering and counselling is a good means of meeting their needs helping them to counteract depression and low self-esteem.
All our practitioners are DBS checked and have a proven track record while working in primary, secondary schools and further education. They are all members and listed on the register of practitioners that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Registers programme.