This blog is one of a number of stories we will be posting about Youth Work Week 2019
Our young people’s counselling team, Outside In, works across Wrexham, with services provided at eight primary schools, all of our secondary schools and the Info Shop on Lambpit Street which offers sessions up to the age of 25.
The team is made up of experienced counsellors, all of whom can tailor their sessions according to each individual’s needs and wishes.
Young people can be referred to counsellors by school staff, pupils themselves, parents, school nurses and others.
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Each young person receives an individualised approach to attaining their goals, which could be helping them to reduce social isolation, specific work on confidence and self-esteem, managing their emotions including anger, bullying, and/ or self-harm.
Counselling is extremely important because we need to take care of ourselves both mentally and physically. Counselling can support young people with education, training and employment, relationships and many other areas of their life that they may not feel able to speak to anyone else about, such as LGBT issues, gender identity, sexuality, family issues, and anxiety.
Cllr Andrew Atkinson, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, said: “The Outside In team does incredible work in providing a reassuring and confidential setting for young people to discuss a variety of issues that may be causing mental health conditions, or other problems in their day-to-day lives.
“Any young person who thinks that they might benefit from some counselling should get in touch – there’s no need for them to stay silent or feel alone.”
There is also a counselling drop in session at the INFO shop from 10am until 12pm every Tuesday. This gives young people the opportunity to speak to a counsellor and for the counsellor to assess the needs of the young person who may be in crisis or requiring additional support.
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