At times, everyone feels worried or has problems that may be hard to talk about with the people close to you. You may worry about whether they will understand, whether you can trust them, whether they will blame you, or ignore your feelings. That is when you may think about talking to the school counselor.
What kind of things can I tell the counselor about?
Whatever is on your mind- problems, decisions, worries, changes. It could be lots of different things- making friends and relationships, losing your temper and getting into trouble at home or at school, teasing and bullying, losing someone special, mixed up feelings, having to transfer to another school or country, health worries, exams coursework, etc.
All these things could affect how you feel and how you behave. Talking about your worries or problems is the start of helping you sort them out.
Will the counselor tell anyone about what I say?
We don’t tell other people about you or your situation without your permission. As a counselor, we have to observe the code of confidentiality.
But if we think that you or someone else may be at risk or in danger, we may need to get help from others to keep you safe. We will talk with you about this and together we will try to find the best thing to do for you.
How does it work?
You may walk-in voluntarily or you may be referred by your teacher or by your parents. You will then be offered an appointment at the counseling room. You can also email the counselor at the email address stated below to inform about your problems and to get an appointment.
The school may contact your parents/guardians to let them know you are seeing a counselor, but will not go into details. It may still be possible to come to counseling without your parents being told, and you can discuss this with the counselor.
How are counselors different?
We do not blame or judge you; We do not instruct you what to do; We are trained to listen attentively; We help you sort things out in a way which suits you; We know how the school works and can get you more help and information if you need it.