We believe our work is not just about the individual child; it is about parents, staff and the wider community who are, after all, those responsible for holding our young society.


We believe our practice to be organic. We are open to suggestion, listening to emerging issues and through the movement of the practice to identify areas for continuous improvement. We are not experts: we are constantly learning and evolving.

What is Counselling and how does it work?

The role of the Therapeutic Counsellor is to provide a space in which their client can explore their feelings and thoughts; they will listen carefully to help them make sense of their situation. The Counsellor will not normally give advice or tell their client what to do (except under exceptional circumstances).

Some of the issues that may come up in counselling include learning difficulties, exam stress, barriers to learning, relationship difficulties, lack of self-esteem, destructive behaviour, self-harm, bullying, bereavement, loss and depression.

We understand that some clients find it difficult to express themselves verbally and the Counsellor may offer other forms of expression such as through play, drawing or music.

With the clients consent, the Counsellor may also act as a mediator with the school staff or other agencies.

What we offer

Marriotts’ Therapeutic Counsellors offer a range of confidential and skilled support to students, parents and staff, including one-to–one and family or group work. The practice works in partnership with other agencies.

Marriotts is able to offer this comprehensive counselling service though the commitment of a team of volunteers who bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise to the practice.

Assessment and referral

An initial assessment is carried out, during which the client’s individual needs will be discussed in confidence.
At the client’s first session the following will be discussed:

  • Contract details
  • The length of counselling sessions.
  • Our policy on confidentiality and legal requirements.
  • The Counsellor’s method of working.
  • What to do if you need to cancel or are unable to attend.
  • How periodic reviews will be carried out.
  • Cost – if appropriate.

If we feel that you may be better supported by referral to another agency, we will discuss this at the assessment.

All our Counsellors follow the “Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy” as outlined in BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines.