Talk Time

THE TALK TIME COUNSELLING SERVICE

What difference does Talk Time make in your child’s school?
We want to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. We help them to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.

How we help children?
All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit the lunch-time drop-in. These short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. We also work with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit the most. The school will often refer children for this service.

We always obtain written consent from parents or carers before working with children.

How do we help families?
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. We also offer parents regular one-to-one adult counselling.

How do we help schools?
We also offer support to teachers and school staff to think through the emotional needs of children advising and supporting school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.

How do we work?
There is a dedicated play room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Adults who are qualified to work therapeutically, support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.

When are we especially useful?
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example, family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having play therapy in school is specifically helpful.

Who is eligible for Talk Time?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.

Any questions?
You are welcome to contact the Talk Time Counselling Services Manager, in person, by telephone or by email. Our manager is Fiona Summers who works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  You can contact her by phone by calling the office, or by the school email.

“Oh she has definitely changed…in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself – she is a lot happier” – Parent

“It helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better.” – Year 5 pupil

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