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Counselling Service

Counselling is being able to talk through your thoughts and feelings in a confidential setting; to get a clearer picture of what is affecting or distressing you. You may not be coping with your feelings, mood or behavior and you may want to develop ways of making beneficial changes.

How long does it take?

Counselling can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. Counselling sessions may continue over several weeks. This depends on your individual situation. Your counsellor will discuss this with you before and during your course of counselling. (Usually 6 sessions)

How long is a session?

Sessions will usually last 50 minutes.

How often will I see my counsellor?

Many people see their counsellor once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of counselling being offered.

What happens at an Initial meeting with a counsellor?

The counsellor will spend a few minutes talking about confidentiality and how records are kept. You will then be able to ask any questions and have a conversation about your situation and, with the counsellor; decide as to whether having counselling might be helpful to you and/ or whether you would benefit from other types of support.

Who can use the counselling service?

Any student or member of staff of Scarborough Sixth Form College

Email counselling@s6f.org.uk in the first instance or if the door is open please drop in.

Will my counsellor talk to anybody about what I say in counselling?

Usually what you talk about in your counselling sessions is confidential, however there may be some circumstances that may prompt your therapist to talk to another professional. For example, if there appears to be a serious risk of harm to you or to others, or serious criminal implications.

This is usually done with your permission. These circumstances will be explained to you at the beginning of your counselling.

What information will I have to share with my counsellor?

It is your choice what you tell your counsellor however it may be helpful to give them an idea of what has brought you to counselling to enable the process to be effective.

Will the counsellor tell my doctor?

Usually not, but we prefer to have your doctor’s contact details in case we feel there is a serious risk of harm to you.

What do people talk about in counselling?

You can talk about whatever you need to in counselling.

Below are some examples……

  • Coping with college life
  • Family
  • Bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety/stress/panic
  • Abuse
  • Bullying