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BSL Counselling

The Deaf Academy employs a dedicated BSL Counsellor, Jayne Dingle who is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

She has completed both a Certificate in Counselling and BACP accredited Counselling Diploma courses. As a member of the BACP, our BSL Counsellors have access to ongoing training and promise to follow the BACP code of ethics.

Counsellors help people to sort out emotional, psychological or relationship problems using face-to-face talking therapies. Those therapies are all talking/signing but with different focuses and theoretical backgrounds. So “counselling” means working together to help the person to feel better and cope more effectively.

BSL Counselling Support

Should they need to, your child can access the Counselling service independently. Counselling happens during regular one-hour sessions that are usually every week and these sessions are usually, but not always, the same time each week. The counselling sessions always happen in the same room. This means that the session can become a place where your child can feel safe to talk about difficult things.

Before your child starts their therapy sessions with the Counsellor, the Counsellor will explain to your child how the sessions will work and the importance of safeguarding and confidentiality. Everything that is discussed in these sessions is confidential. This means the Counsellor will never tell anyone else your child’s information. The only time the Counsellor would need to tell another person would be if your child presents a significant danger to themselves or others. In this case, to comply with safeguarding regulations, the Counsellor has to tell another person and will explain this process fully with your child before their therapy sessions begin. Under those circumstances, the Counsellor would interrupt as soon as your child started to talk about those things and explain about the need to share the information and explain exactly who they would need to share the information with.