Counselling Service

S6F Counselling Service

Understanding Emotional Distress in the Context of its Environment and Recognising the Impact of Past Experiences.

Our ethos

Trauma-Informed: Understanding, recognising, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. We ask, “what’s happened to you?” rather than, “what’s wrong with you?” and acknowledge the role that trauma may play in a person’s life.

Non-Pathologising: Difficulties faced by individuals are not seen as intrinsic, inescapable biological disorders or diseases. We understand that emotional distress and human suffering are a natural human response to difficult, challenging, and at times unnatural situations and events.

Attachment Focused: Realises the importance of a person’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers and how this affects development, and the formation of healthy emotional and physical relationships as adults. Centres the co-created relationship between counsellor and client as the predominant factor in the client's ability to develop an increased sense of self, in relation to others and the world around them.

Strength-Based: Identifies and builds on clients existing strengths, including personal strengths as well as social and community networks. A holistic and collaborative approach which promotes well-being.

What is counselling and how does it help?

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space separate from the rest of your life where you can explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors, past experiences or your current situation, which may be causing you difficulty or distress.

Your problem does not have to fit into a particular category. In fact, many people come to counselling not knowing what their problem is but feeling unhappy or confused.

Some people just like to talk, and others prefer to use creative means to help them gain insight into their problems and reflect on past and present experiences.

Counselling can help you develop a deeper understanding of your problems, put your feelings into perspective, increase your self-worth and confidence, and come to terms with past and present experiences.

Here are some comments from past clients;

“Counselling has helped me feel better about myself, my situation, and not feel so alone.”

“My counsellor made me feel very comfortable so I could talk about my problems.”

“You’ve helped me realise some strengths I didn’t know I had, and really helped me through some rough times!”

“My counsellor was really kind and non-judgmental. I felt really comfortable talking to her about things and she helped me put things into perspective and not feel so alone.”

“You’ve helped me so much, I can’t thank you enough!”

How long does it take?
Currently we are able to offer an 8-session model. This does not mean you will be free from all emotional distress in this time. However, 8 sessions does give you some time and space to explore and make sense of your experiences, and you are able to rerefer onto the waiting list at any time to continue with more counselling.

How long is a session?
Sessions will last 45 minutes.

How often will I see my counsellor, and will it be face to face?
Most people see their counsellor once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of counselling being offered.
Due to Covid-19 we are currently operating a flexible contract which allows counsellors to work remotely from home via telephone or zoom when necessary. Further details of this will be discussed at the initial meeting.

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 and how do I make a referral?
Any student or member of staff of Scarborough Sixth Form College
You can download and complete the referral form here, and send it to or if you need help with this please ask your GST.
A copy of the counselling agreement can be found here.

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 counsellor 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. As the relationship with your counsellor develops, and you feel safe to do so, you may recognise you’re able to share more of yourself and your experiences. This usually leads to greater insight and self-awareness.

Will the counsellor tell my doctor?
Usually not, unless we have consent from you to do so, or there is a serious safeguarding concern which requires communication with a GP.

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
  • Identity
  • Bereavement
  • Past events
  • Relationships
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety/stress/panic
  • Abuse
  • Bullying