Therapeutic counselling at schools

“Breaking the cycle of trauma is critical for the well-being of family and children, and has a relevance to social justice, because trauma diminishes life opportunities  across generations and hinders social mobility.”

We offer the following confidential services to our partner schools:

Assessment and Diagnosis, Individual Counselling, Psychotherapy, Trauma Debriefing, Crisis Intervention

Our practitioner will first assess and then decide on the appropriate intervention and/or referral.  Admission to these services is gained through self-reporting or referrals by educators, parents or guardians, or other community members and organisations.

Some of the issues we are able to assist with include:

FAMILY CONCERNS include: Abuse (Physical, Emotional and Sexual) and/or Neglect ; Relationship Problems between Parents or Guardians or Siblings; Divorce; Financial Strain.

BEHAVIOUR: Gender Based Violence (GBV); Bullying; Anger.

PEER CONCERNS: Friendship; Bullying (Verbal and/or Physical).

SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS); Alcohol Abuse; Tobacco; Dagga; Methamphetamine (Tik).

EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCERNS: Trauma; Stress; Grief; Depression; Anxiety; Suicidal Thoughts; Eating Disorders; Withdrawal; Low Self-Esteem.

SEXUALITY: Rape; Molestation; Sexual Harassment; Abortion; Sexual Orientation.

CHRONIC/SERIOUS ILLNESSES: Tuberculosis (TB); HIV/AIDS; Cancer; Epilepsy.

SCHOLASTIC CONCERNS: School Dropout; Motivation; Career Guidance

The following direct benefits are experienced by learners making use of the services:

  • Greater insight into problems and provision of a professional opinion concerning problems.
  • Skills gained in the management of problems, stress, peer pressure, relationship boundaries, emotions, behaviour and decision-making.
  • Greater motivation and enthusiasm for purposeful living.
  • Advice on how to change relationship dynamics (family, partner, spouse, friends, colleagues, people in authority) that have a negative impact on learners’ lives.
  • Modification of false or negative perceptions by building self-esteem and establishing personal norms as well as values.
  • Improved relationships with self, peers and family.
  • Academic engagement and Performance