Counselling in Secondary schools

Transition through secondary school can present many challenges for young people which can bring on stress, anxiety, depression or relationship problems with those around them.

The Spark’s school based counselling and therapeutic services offer support to young people faced with difficult life experiences.

Why do we need school based counselling?

The Spark’s youth counsellors help individuals identify underlying issues leading to enhanced mental and emotional wellbeing.

In Scotland half of all diagnosable mental health problems start before a child reaches the age of 141.

Early diagnosis and intervention work is therefore vital in reducing the levels of poor mental health amongst adults2.

Without early intervention and support, mental health problems amongst teens and adults result in significant personal, relational, societal and economic costs.

“The Spark’s youth counselling has proven to be invaluable to our school. It’s wonderful to see (pupils) engaging positively with their counsellor.

The mental and emotional wellbeing of all our young people is of paramount importance to us and The Spark is a superb support and resource to the young people of Hillpark.”

Eileen Edgar, Depute Head Teacher, Hillpark Secondary School

Contact The Spark’s Children and Young People Team or telephone 0141 222 2166 to find out more about our school based counselling services.

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How can school based counselling help young people?

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School based counselling can help young people deal with a range of personal problems.

Common issues addressed by The Spark’s youth counsellors in Secondary schools include3:

  • Family breakdown
  • Body image / self-confidence / sexual identity
  • Relationships and sex
  • Violence, anger & aggression
  • Exam stress
  • Puberty
  • Depression / anxiety / self-harm
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Illness
  • Young carer responsibility

Get in touch with our Children and Young People Team or telephone 0141 222 2166 to discuss your counselling and support needs.

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The value of counselling in Secondary schools

counselling in secondary schools

The Spark’s therapeutic service aims to help the high number of young people in Scotland affected by poor mental health by:

  • providing support to build resilience
  • developing new coping skills and strategies
  • making better sense of relationships
  • helping to manage change and transitions
  • providing a space to explore various life experiences and challenges.

This approach is in line with the Scottish Government’s strategy ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ recognising that each child is individual and that some require alternative support to access education fully and realise their potential3.

Contact The Spark’s Children and Young People Team or telephone 0141 222 2166 to find out more about the value and importance of school based counselling.

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Counselling in schools

counselling in secondary schools

Counselling offers a safe, confidential place for young people to talk about experiences that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.

These experiences may exist within their own home, community or at school. Typically they will be impacting upon the young person and their relationships.

Without support young people often cope by avoiding certain situations/ withdrawl, bullying, self-harm and aggression amongst many others.

The Spark’s Children and Young People Team (CYP) utilise a combination of art therapy and talking therapy.

Counsellors establish a therapeutic relationship with the young person through acceptance, trust and empathy. Thus providing young people with an opportunity to express and process feelings at their own level and pace.

This positive relationship can then be internalised by the young person and help instil a sense of competence, improved ability to form healthy relationships and re-align negative patterns of behaviour or thinking.

All The Spark counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)  or The British Association for Art Therapists (BAA) .

Contact The Spark’s Children and Young People Team for more information about school based counselling and support services.

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Future programmes

Many young people do not need counselling and are able to resolve emotional difficulties with the help of their family and friends. However, support around major life events like our Study Survival group work programme can benefit all students.

For more information on youth counselling in Secondary schools or our group work programmes, please contact the CYP Team on 0141 222 2166 or complete an enquiry form.


1. Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (2016). ‘Vulnerable children and young people with mental health problems need care and support.’ (visited 30/10/2016).

2. Scottish Government (2008). Early Years and Early Intervention: A joint Scottish Government and COSLA policy statement.’ (visited 30/10/16).

3. Young Minds (2016). ‘What’s the problem?’ (visited 30/10/2016).