As part of our wrap around pastoral care at Stowe, we have a counselling team who support the well-being of our pupils and staff. There is clear evidence that emotional well-being is a key indicator of academic achievement, and subsequently improved outcomes in later life.
"Counselling gives (our pupils) the opportunity to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.
The Counsellor's role is to facilitate working in ways that respect values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination."
Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors, BACP
At Stowe, School Counselling is provided by respected professional practioners who work within the pastoral team framework, and the team is based in the School's Medical Centre. We provide a relaxing and comfortable space for our pupils to meet with their Counsellor.
All members of the counselling team are registered members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Louise Springall is our Senior Counsellor and the School's Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Being a counsellor is tremendously rewarding: it’s a privilege to hear individual stories and to be involved in journeys to recovery. As an experienced counsellor, I’m aware of the issues and stresses that young people are faced with, and have to deal with today. As part of the school counselling team it is a pleasure to offer this confidential space. To see people use what they have learnt in counselling, to reach understanding and achieve a better frame of mind is a true affirmation of the counselling support I provide. When I’m not working I enjoy time with friends and family, often with one of my cooking creations, long walks over the field with my dog, pilates and ballet.
Louise's Counselling Hours
Monday 8:45am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:45am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:45am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:45am – 5:00pm
I have a sincere belief in the positive effect counselling can have on young people and their life going forward, whatever the issue, whether it seems large or small. Not only am I a counsellor who’s experienced at working with adolescents and adults, I’m also acutely aware of the different pressures that young people face today, both at home and in school. I thoroughly enjoy working with students, helping them to understand their feelings and relationships with others better. I think we all have the tools inside us to cope with the various difficulties we encounter but sometimes we need help to unlock them. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging with my dog and going for walks.
Kate's Counselling Hours
Monday 8:45am - 5:00pm
Counselling can help us to explore areas of our thinking and behaviour where we may be experiencing difficulty, to feel listened to and to understand ourselves better. I believe that spending time on this when we are younger can really help us later on in life. There is no right or wrong to this, everyone’s experience is different and I recognise the courage it can take to come to counselling. I really enjoy working with young people, I think it’s such an important stage of life and I hope that those that I support can feel positively equipped to embark on what life brings next. My interests include cooking, spending time with my family and friends, being in the countryside and attempting to ride my bicycle!
Gee's Counselling Hours
Wednesday 5.45pm - 9.00pm
Friday 8.45am – 5.00pm
I think that when life is hard, we do our most important learning. The process of counselling, then, can play a hugely important role in helping us to get to know and trust ourselves at a deeper level, and to give us the confidence to make changes where we need to. I really admire the creative energy and spirit that come naturally to young people, and tapping into this energy can make for very productive counselling work. It’s a privilege to offer a space where Stoics can talk openly and confidentially about issues that have come up in their lives, and to support them in overcoming these challenges.
Rob's Counselling Hours
Tuesday 8.45am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.45am – 5.00pm
“Thank you for being a trusted listener when I needed one.”
“Counselling has taught me a lot especially to be okay with myself.”
“Sometimes the counselling sessions were challenging but they really helped and now my friends have commented that I’ve got things together, thank you.”
“You’ve helped me more than you know.”
“I thought I’d give it a go and I’m so glad I have.”
“I didn’t think I’d learn so much about myself – that’s really helped explain a lot, thank you.”
To make a referral into Counselling, please email the Counselling Team.