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What is Counselling?

Counselling is a service that has boundaries, a confidential time for a young person to explore and solve their problems. It can raise a young person's self-esteem and can help them develop skills for coping with adversity and may also facilitate recovery from mild or emerging mental health difficulties.


How can counselling help?

During counselling sessions, the counsellor will spend time exploring what has brought the young person to counselling. This might include talking about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The counsellor will do their best to help the young person look at their issues, identify the right course of action for them, and either to help resolve the difficulties they are facing or help the them find ways of coping.


The School Counselling service

Thrybergh Academy recognises the importance of positive mental health. We aim to ensure that students have a positive sense of themselves, feel in control and are able to cope with life's many challenges. A young person's welfare reflects in the progress they make in learning, work and life. The vision and mission of Thrybergh Academy is that all learners achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives. The Counselling Service is focused on promoting positive mental health in an environment where students thrive, both academically and personally.



Thrybergh Academy recognises the need for students to be healthy, safe, to enjoy and positively achieve in school and life. It is committed to providing a Counselling Service for learners in the school who are significantly troubled or concerned about events in their lives or are facing particular difficulties. For example, a young person may have concerns about relationships with family and friends, schoolwork, challenging behaviour, bullying, or may be experiencing loss.


Useful support information, advice and guidance websites:

The following websites provide information and support on dealing with stress, bullying, exams, health and many more subjects areas.


Counsellor: Mrs Tania Ashton-Bray

Counsellor: Mrs Tania Ashton-Bray

Assistant Counsellor: Ms Paula Keenan

Assistant Counsellor: Ms Paula Keenan


For additional information please contact Mrs Tania Ashton-Bray.  The Counselling room is located next to Ge2 (Mr Fairhurst's Geography room).

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