Counselling young people in an educational context is becoming rapidly established as a specialist activity. Schools are now employing counsellors to help young people manage the needs that children and young people can have in response to experiences, such as family breakdown and reconfiguration, bereavement loss, family and peer relationship difficulties, anxiety, bullying and increasingly mental health. It also offers an effective source of support for these students, enabling them to function better both in and outside of the school, enhancing their resilience and giving them resources to manage and future difficulties. Students gain a better understanding of themselves and the situations facing them and strategies to cope with change.
The Cathedral School has a school counsellor who is available to pupils, students and staff through the Assistant Head (Safeguarding) whilst self referrals and referrals from parents directly to the counsellor can also be made.