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Safe Space, Counselling in Schools

The Counselling in Schools Service (part of Safe Space) provides Counselling and Arts Therapies (Art, Drama, Play) to primary and secondary schools across Hertfordshire.

Counselling offers the individual a safe non-judgmental space to explore their feelings and work through any issues they are experiencing whether this be concerning relationships, loss, stress, change or traumatic events.

Arts Therapy is used as the primary means of communication to allow an individual the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. It can be particularly useful for those who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.

The service works with children and young people aged 5-19 years (up to 21 years with care leavers) within educational establishments in Hertfordshire. If the child/young person is not attending school/college, arrangements can be made to see them in an alternative, appropriate space where possible.

We are a traded service meaning funding is needed in order for the work to go ahead. The majority of work is funded by schools direct, however depending on the circumstances of the child or young person, alternative funding may be available to support the work. Therefore a professional would need to make a referral to Counselling in Schools and school would be an ideal place to start.

We also offer:

Training: - Our therapists can offer a variety of training on a range of topics that may be useful for your staff. This can include; Understanding Self-Harm, Attachment Styles, Introduction to therapy.

Supervision for school staff: available from our therapists.

Group Work (maximum of 6 students per group): Group work can be tailored to meet the needs of your children/young people, however some therapists offer specifically themed sessions.

Who to contact

01992 588796

Where to go


Our therapists work mainly in schools but can also see children and young people in other confidential spaces such as council buildings, children's centres and libraries as an alternative when a room is available.

Other Details

Cost details
Please contact the office (01992 588796) for details on prices.
Referral required
Referral and availability notes

Referral must be made by a professional.

Last updated on 02/09/2019
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