Counselling Service

Our therapists and counsellors have experience working in a range of settings including early years, nursery, primary, secondary schools including SEN schools.

It is not uncommon for children to experience emotional and behavioural problems, which can affect their daily lives and relationships with others. Often this can be sparked by a life event or changes, such as bereavement, bullying or parent separation. It may be that the young person has a related physical illness or a developmental disability (which might include learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder or developmental delay).

The purpose of meeting with a counsellor or therapist is to get support with problems in life that are bothering a person or that are keeping them from living life the way they want to. It may be that the young person has requested to talk to a counsellor or therapist about these problems, or it may be because a parent, guardian, or teacher has noticed changes in the young person’s behaviour and feels they may benefit from additional support.

NESSie works in conjunction with the school, family and young person to ensure they are receiving the right level of support for their needs. Weekly sessions are held at their school, in a safe confidential environment. 

Many of our counsellors and arts therapist have specialist areas and had additional training, for example in Child Accelerated Trauma Treatment (CATT). CATT is a specialist, creative trauma treatment.

We continue to work with the Anna Freud Centre and Kings College London to upskill our counsellors, therapists and supervisors in Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT), an evidence based practice.

NESSie is keen on partnership working and  links and collaborates with other quality assured providers in the area. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our Counselling Service Coordinator, Sarah Blackford (, to discuss the needs of any children or young people in your school who may benefit from additional emotional support. 

NESSie ensures that at all practitioners are qualified and registered with the appropriate authority. All of our practitioners have current DBS,  child protection and prevent training and access regular supervision.

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