Work in Schools

Work in Schools

The latest research findings based on 750 schools suggest that pupils in 86% of schools have access to a counsellor. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) also estimates that between 64% and 80% of secondary schools in England offer some kind of counselling, and the numbers have increased over the last 10 years. The evidence shows that counselling in schools is increasingly viewed as a profession, with counsellors recognised on Accredited Voluntary Registers.

A Time 4 You is working inside schools and other settings to improve the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Our team consists of professionally qualified, trained and clinically supervised counsellors supporting our client base of schools and academies, secondary and primary, across Redcar and Cleveland, and as far as Harrogate. We work together to really understand young people. We involve parents whenever possible and encourage this if it helps a young person to sort out a problem. We can often put into words what young people find difficult to say.

We use relaxed and informal settings and a variety of different media to help children and young people communicate their problems in a way that is natural to them.

We create hope and build resilience through compassion and empathy and also by creating a safe space for children and young people to open up and share their issues with highly qualified, experienced professionals.

We offer a range of therapeuticinterventions, including:

Family Group Conference (FGC)

A Family Group Conference model is traditionally used to support families and the children pre-breakdown; however, as the evidence base is increasing, we also work with families from an early intervention approach supporting all children where there are  issues or concerns. We believe that FGCs are a powerful and effective way to give families the opportunity to get together and make positive and achievable plans for their own welfare and future wellbeing

Individual Psychological Therapy – Child

Counselling and therapeutic Play

Qualified counsellors and play therapists will deliver both long- and short-term one-to-one counselling through a range of therapeutic interventions to help young people manage an extensive range of emotional issues including:

  • Bereavement
  • Domestic violence
  • Family breakdown
  • Neglect
  • Trauma
  • Peer relationships/friendships
  • Self-harm
  • Stress and anxiety

Our early intervention approach helps develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience. School counselling has been evidenced to help children and young people achieve their potential in and out of school and enjoy their childhood. Professional counsellors and play therapists work towards Goals with young people in order to

  • Help deal with painful emotions
  • Enable a young person to achieve some level of congruence with regards to thoughts, feelings and understanding behaviour
  • Enable a young person to change behaviours which have negative consequences
  • Enable a young person to function comfortably and adaptively within their external environment
  • To maximise the opportunity for young people to pursue developmental milestones

Parental involvement is encouraged and essential for working with primary aged children. An essential element in this profession is recognising when a referral needs stepping up to Tier 3 CAMHS service. We have established a direct referral route to this service.

Friends resilience-based training Programmes working with Psychology Tree

F = Feelings
R = Remember to relax. Have quiet time.
I = I can do it! I can try my best!
E = Explore solutions and coping step plans.
N = Now reward yourself! You’ve done your best!
D = Don’t forget to practise!
S = Smile! Stay calm, and talk to your support networks!

The majority of our counsellors/psychotherapists and play therapists are also licensed to deliver this programme.

Fun Friends is for children aged 4 to 7 years of age. It consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions with parental involvement during all sessions. The aim of this programme is to build resilience through social and emotional skills development to empower children, families and teachers. Also to promote peer learning through play and experiential/inquiry learning and encourage support networks and positive role models.

Friends for Life is for children and young people aged 7 to 13 years of age, and consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions. The Friends for Life program has been developed by Paula Barrett to help children cope with anxiety, fear and sadness. Friends for Life has been developed to be administered alongside educational and curriculum guidelines, and as such is complementary to school-based learning.

Friends Youth is for young people ages 11 to 16 years of age, it consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions. The aim is to build social and emotional resilience in adolescents. Adolescence poses new challenges and provides completely new experiences for young people, and young people can find themselves faced with elevated expectations and increased responsibilities, higher academic workloads, increased peer pressure and more difficulties with friends.

Our Ethos

Time 4 You Psychological Services provide a confidential service, (within the limits of child protection) to young people with emotional, social and or behavioural problems. We do this by being IN SCHOOL, where children and young people can have easy access to counselling support, and where we can work with teaching staff to create a better environment to support young people emotionally and psychologically. We believe young people whatever their age, should have the opportunity to express their feelings and concerns in a non-judgemental way.


Open for Appointments

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