Our school counsellors work closely with students, parents and teachers to support our students’ mental health and social-emotional development.
It takes a village to raise a child
Our counselling programme takes a systemic approach where we have a system for needs analysis, early identification and referral of students with mental health issues and social, emotional and behavioural problems. Our counsellors provide consultation and training for teachers and parents on pertinent mental health issues and skills for first-line intervention and support. We also work closely with relevant external professionals and community agencies to support our students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Our school believes in preventing problems before they happen and our education and preventive programme seeks to tackle the issues upstream. Our counsellors develop and conduct small and large group psycho-educational sessions for students on mental health issues and healthy coping strategies. Our counselling team provides training to equip teachers with the skills required to support our students. Parents have the opportunity to engage in our bespoke parenting programmes to support them in their parenting journey. Mental health resources are made available for students, parents and staff.
Our counselling team provides individual and group counselling to our students. As our counsellors are approachable and easily accessible, more than half of them reach out on their own for help and support. The others are referred to by their teachers and parents. As a school community, we have a culture of looking after one another, so we do have friends who “refer” their friends for counselling as well. If the need arises, students may be referred to external professionals and community resources for support and our counsellors will work closely with them to support our students. Parents are welcome to reach out to the counselling team for consultation if they have any concerns about their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Our Counselling Team
Our team is made up of highly qualified counsellors who are trained in a diverse range of therapeutic approaches such as client-centred therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, emotion-focused therapy, art therapy and mindfulness. As we believe that every individual is unique, our counsellors are very flexible and eclectic and we tailor the interventions according to each student. The counselling team is trained and equipped to handle safeguarding concerns and address issues like transition issues, academic stress, emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, friendship issues and bullying, dealing with family dynamics, self-harm behaviour, problematic eating behaviours, problematic use of internet and so on.