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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust


Mrs Johnston is our school-based counsellor. She is a fully trained and experienced counsellor, who joins us in school every week to support children.


Counselling offers a safe, confidential place for children to talk about experiences that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.


These experiences may exist within their own home, community or at school. Typically they will be impacting upon the child, their relationships and their readiness to learn.


Mrs Johnston uses a combination of therapeutic play, art therapy and talking therapy. She establishes a therapeutic relationship with the child through acceptance, trust and empathy which provides children with an opportunity to express and process feelings at their own level and pace.


Evidence indicates that counselling in schools can underpin academic achievement, improve behaviour and concentration as well as improving the general well-being of children and young people.


Children can be referred for a variety of reasons including:

  • Loss/bereavement
  • Depression / low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Family breakdown
  • Emotional issues
  • Anger / physical violence
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Bullying
  • Diagnosed conditions


The counselling sessions are around 45 minutes, once a week and progress will be reviewed after 6 sessions.