Hi, welcome to St. John’s. My name is Jo Cushion and I am the Counsellor in school. I am a member of a Professional Body which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This means I belong to a register which ensures safe, ethical and competent practice.
I am qualified to offer different therapeutic approaches dependent upon the individual needs of the child. This could be through talking therapy; offering children the opportunity to discuss their worries or through creative work and play. Sessions are usually carried out one to one, but group work can be offered if it is felt this would benefit all children involved. All therapy is child centred and explored in a safe and confidential environment.
Sometimes children disclose information that cannot be kept confidential. Safeguarding is a statutory duty and any concerns will be shared with Mrs Quinn (Head teacher).
How do I refer?
You can come into school, telephone or email me if you feel counselling would be beneficial for your child and we can discuss this further. Alternatively, you could speak with your child’s teacher. There may also be times when the class teacher feels that counselling may support your child and they can refer too with your consent.
How does it work?
I will meet with parents and carer’s initially to discuss if counselling would be beneficial for their child. If agreed, I would then meet with the child and develop a therapeutic plan. We would initially work for six weeks (half a term) and at the end of the six weeks I will discuss with the child, parents or carers’ the next steps. This could be ending of our sessions together, a piece of work to continue at home or a referral to an outside agency if more specialist intervention is required.
Counselling is voluntary; you or your child may choose at any stage to end our work together, alternatively the work may draw to a natural ending before six weeks. In either case, it is important to have a closure session to say goodbye as this is an integral part of the therapeutic process.
If you have any further questions or queries, please come into school and speak with me. I look forward to meeting you.
Parent: “Thank you for supporting my child. They have found this time valuable talking to someone outside of the family.”
Teacher: “I am so glad you are in school, it has made such a difference to the children.”
Child: “I told my mum, it’s ok to cry…you helped me to understand how I was feeling so I could cry.”