Students enrolled with the college can access the counselling and wellbeing service.
Liverpool Community College counselling and wellbeing service predominantly supports 16-18-year-olds and adults. The mental health advisor also works with families when necessary.
What does the counselling and wellbeing service include?
Any problems that are affecting the young person. Ranging from exam stress, depression, bereavement, eating disorders, sexuality, OCD, self-harm, suicide, transition, mental health distress.
Initial counselling & mental health assessment: One to one counselling and wellbeing service, solution-focused brief therapy, CBT, Crisis Drop-in 5 days per week, classroom support, extracurricular activities, music workshops, emotional and academic support, and social support through enrichment.
What happens after a referral is made?
- An initial assessment session is arranged with the young person in a college site which is most appropriate for them. This is carried out by a counsellor or mental health advisor.
- Boundaries, safeguarding and confidentiality are covered with an agreed way of working based on choice for the young person.
- Counselling weekly or fortnightly sessions are offered. Mental health support may be put in place on a regular basis or occasionally follow up by our mental health advisor, referral to other services internal and external of the college.
What skills do your staff have?
All counsellors have a counselling diploma and post qualification experience and have either gained BACP accreditation or are working towards it. Counsellors have higher qualifications in CBT. Current CPD is ongoing. SFBT, CBT, Trauma, Person-centred and Mindfulness theories inform our work.