Students give top marks to in-school counselling

23 February 2017

Ninety-eight per cent of students at middle and upper schools across Bedfordshire have rated in-school counselling by the local Relate team as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

Students who received ‘in-school counselling’ by Relate Bedfordshire and Luton were asked to say on a scale of one to five how they felt about:

Relationships at home
Relationships at school/work
Stress, worry, anxiety
Frustration, anger, aggression
Confidence / self-esteem
Eating habits
Ability to sleep
Attendance at school/work
Concentration at school/work
Ability to cope with problems

“Many of our young clients tell us they feel happier after they have seen a counsellor and are better able to deal with their problems, whether at school, at home or in their personal life,” says local Relate CEO Angela Foll.

Currently, ten middle and upper schools across the county commission Relate Bedfordshire and Luton to deliver regular confidential, face-to-face counselling on their school premises.

The service is available to young people who are experiencing personal, emotional and/or mental health difficulties that cause distress.

“Our counsellors are experienced relationship experts who can help young people talk honestly and openly and support them with their problems,” says Angela. “By commissioning the service directly in school, college or university, teaching staff are assured that their students will access non-judgmental counselling support easily and quickly. Everything students say is confidential unless the counsellor is worried for their safety.”

The service cost includes management, individual and group supervision, administration, counsellor CPD, expenses, monitoring outcomes, quality assurance and all professional indemnity insurance cover.

If you would like to discuss having a Relate Bedfordshire and Luton counsellor in your middle or upper school, college or university on a regular basis, contact Angela Foll on 01234 400730 or by emailing

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