Mr Julian Lucchesi
I feel very lucky to have been invited by Mrs. Mitchell to join the team at Seal Primary School, because it is still uncommon for many schools to have their own dedicated Counsellor. A key value at Seal is about the feeling that ‘we all matter’ and I feel privileged that I can work with pupils, parents and staff to support this vision.
I am a fully qualified and registered Counsellor with over 5 years of experience of working in Primary and Secondary education.
What is Counselling and how can it help?
It is the process of helping people with difficult thoughts and feelings that can impact on their emotions and behaviours, affect relationships and hinder their learning and development. I use creative ‘play’ during some sessions, because it can help young people to express their feelings in different ways. Counselling aims to develop an awareness of the thoughts and actions. It helps a young person to explore difficulties, while building resilience and strength.
Types problems young people have:
- Difficulties with family or peer relationships
- Anxiety and stress
- Low self esteem
- Self harm
- Living with misuse of drugs or alcohol
- Health issues
- Selective communication
What can a client expect?
Sessions last for 45 minutes, and will usually take place once a week, at the same time and on the same day. The number of sessions can differ for clients based on their level of need, or as part of safe practice. I ask clients to measure how they feel on a weekly basis, and we will hold regular reviews so that we can discuss their progression.
Working with parents
The school will initiate most referrals, and along with parents and carers are key partners for effective working. I usually meet with parents at the referral stage, hold regular reviews, and can offer recommendations if I feel any further work would be of benefit. Counselling sessions are confidential, but there may be times when it may have to be broken so I can honour my commitment to safe practice. If any parents or any young people would like to know more about what I do I am happy to answer any questions.