Mental Health Support

Hello, my name is Charlotte Lowe and I am currently the school counsellor at Lostock Hall Academy (LHA). I am trained in Psychology and qualified as a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist (CBT), having worked with children and young people for many years.

I provide a safe opportunity for students to talk openly about anything which may be concerning them. The aim of therapy is to work through these problems and the feelings surrounding them, identifying goals to focus on and move forward towards. What is discussed is dependent on the individual and the nature of the problem they are experiencing. However, I am trained to use a number of different therapeutic models so I use whichever is most suitable and helpful for the student.

Common examples of topics discussed include:

  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Sleep Problems
  • Traumatic Events
  • Relationships Problems
  • Bereavement and Loss

There are many benefits of a student being referred for counselling. Talking about their problems can help with their emotional well-being, behaviour, attendance and their performance in school, at home and in relationships. The aim is for children and young people to develop into resilient individuals, developing confidence and a positive sense of self during their time at school.

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Counselling sessions are held either weekly or fortnightly depending on the level of support required. Sessions are held in a private room and appointment times are varied so that time is not lost from any one subject. We will meet for a few sessions or longer depending on the needs of the young person and this will be reviewed regularly.

Should your child need to access this service your support will be greatly appreciated in showing them that this pastoral support is a normal and useful activity. I would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns which you have about it. There are various ways your child can access the service in school. Students can self-refer or they can ask a teacher, their tutor or their Head of Year to refer them.

This is a confidential service which means it is a safe place for students to talk. The only time I am obliged to pass information on is if they or anyone else is at risk, to which you as their parent or carer would be informed immediately. This will always be done in line with the School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Please click on the link below to view information that Charlotte Lowe has written to help parents/carers/staff when working with children and young people with mental health problems.