School Service Counselling
As school's work towards becoming Mentally Healthy, providing in-school counselling is recognised as an effective early intervention strategy for pupils' identified as requiring emotional and therapeutic support.
Counselling & School Experience
Samia's counselling training and post qualification experience has predominantly taken place within a school setting. She has trained with an integrative counselling model which allows her to draw on the strengths of various counselling approaches. Her approach is client-led with focus on art creativity and play as a space for engagement as well as talking therapy and a solution focused approach with young people.
Samia has a strong understanding of the school environment. Her background in teaching, which spans over 14 years, and recent SEN specialism in SEMH has exposed her to a broad range of educational settings and diverse backgrounds. She has a sound knowledge of collaborative practice having worked closely with school staff and external specialist staff ranging from Mental Health Practitioners, Inclusion Managers, SENCO, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists. Samia's collective counselling and school based experience makes her an ideal School Counsellor.
What is offered
Samia provides one-to-one confidential counselling to pupils' responding to their personal, social or emotional concerns. Through the medium of play and creativity,
she explores presented thoughts and feelings that may be triggering difficulties. Samia offers both short-term early intervention and more long-term support if required.
One/ two day a week dedicated visit
Ability to take four - five clients based on school referrals and assessment
45-50 min sessions per child
Use art creativity and play within therapy to help children and young people tell their story in non-verbal means. Support young people with talking therapy approach if preferred
Model how to put words to thoughts, feelings and actions to process and help children and young people better understand themselves
Offer a lunchtime drop-in service
Consultations/ Review meetings with key staff addressing areas of pupil concern, progress and practical tips for classroom support.
As a Registered Member of the BACP, Samia works in line with the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework. She regularly undertakes continuing professional development (CPD) and receives clinical supervision as outlined by BACP guidance.
Samia adheres to school policies relevant to Safeguarding and Child Protection. She is fully insured and registered with the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Update Service.