Mrs Abi Hearn
Brannel School Counsellor
Mrs Hearn qualified as a school counsellor in 2012 and worked at Poltair School before joining Brannel. She is currently working towards her accreditation and is also enrolled on a training course with CLEAR in working therapeutically with children and young people who have experienced different types of domestic abuse. She loves working with young people and feels that having a counselling service integrated within school is vital in supporting students’ emotional needs which can have a positive effect on them both personally and academically and help them to achieve their full potential.
What is counselling?
Counselling is the opportunity to talk about things that are of concern to a young person, in confidence, with a qualified counsellor. What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, relationships, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events.
A key feature of the service is that information discussed in the counselling session is treated confidentially. Counselling is a time when it’s OK to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents, teachers, tutors or any other member of staff within school unless the child or young person requests or gives consent for this. However, if a pupil appears to be at risk of significant harm it may be appropriate to pass on this information. This would be discussed with the young person concerned first. All counsellors receive supervision of their work with young people, to ensure the quality of their practice and this is confidential.
Brannel’s counselling service
We offer an in-school counselling service here at Brannel. Our school counsellor is employed at Brannel and is available Monday- Friday to offer any student the opportunity to have some 1:1 counselling or group work. We also have contact with many other support agencies, which may be better suited to meet a student's individual needs.