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Barnardo’s Vale of Glamorgan School & Community Based Counselling service


Barnardo’s provides a professional, independent counselling service for children and young people aged 9-19 living in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Counselling supports children and young people to cope better with personal and relationship problems, adverse life events and developmental processes. It offers opportunities to explore, understand and resolve problems while developing personal and social resources, coping strategies and psychological resilience. 

Counselling is provided via 1:1 sessions to support children in respect of their health, emotional and social needs. School based counsellors are located in all high schools and delivery to year 6 pupils is provided within the community alongside a dedicated community slot for those able to access the service independently. 


  •  What is counselling?
    Counselling is a type of talking therapy, where you meet with a qualified counsellor to explore your thoughts and feelings and to develop ways of coping. 
  •  Who can see a counsellor?
    Anybody can meet with a counsellor. Our counsellor’s work with young people aged 9-19 in the Vale of Glamorgan and can meet with you in your school or in the community. 
  • Reasons young people might meet with a counsellor include: 
    • Family issues
    • Bereavement
    • Depression
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Self-esteem
    • Anxiety


  •  What support is offered?

    An initial meeting with a qualified counsellor to find out if counselling is right for you.

    Up to six 1-1 sessions to talk through any worries or concerns you might have. 

  • How do I get to see the Counsellor? 

    If you would like to talk to a counsellor please send an email to;



    We will then send you a referral form using an encryption system which means that the details you share with us are safe.  


    Once the counsellor receives your referral they will see you as soon as a space becomes available.    


    You can also talk to a member of staff in school that you trust. This may be your form/year tutor or a member of the pastoral care team, they can help to make a referral to the counsellor too.  If you wish you can come to counselling without your parents being informed although there are some occasions when this would not be possible. The counsellor will make sure that they talk to you about this when they meet with you the first time.


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