Our Midlothian Schools Counselling Service provides counselling for young people (aged 10 to 18) living in Midlothian, regardless of where or whether they are attending school, education or training.
This school–based counselling pilot, running until September 2021, provides high quality counselling support. The service is accessible for young people in Midlothian regardless of their current participation in mainstream education or where they attend. This includes young people who are educated at home, by other providers or who are not attending any education or training at present.
In Secondary schools, Supported self-referrals by young people are managed by Guidance Teams. For P6 & P7 pupils, referrals go through the Head Teachers. For young people who do not attend a Midlothian Local Authority school, have left school or who do not want the referral to go through Education then a referral can go through MYPAS.
The MYPAS Midlothian Schools Counselling Service Manager is the main contact, with each Associated School Group having a named and allocated MYPAS counsellor.
Please note that prior to referral, young people must provide informed consent and are willing to be actively involved in receiving counselling.
Referral pathways differ depending on the circumstances of the young person:
The Midlothian Schools Counselling service provides counselling at times that suit the child or young person. Counselling usually takes place within school time but is also available out with school times and during schools holidays.
The young person would normally meet with the counsellor for approximately an hour each week for up to 10 weeks. This meeting would be in a confidential setting for the young person, where there are no disruptions.
Currently, as a result of COVID restrictions the majority of meetings take place remotely either via video or telephone counselling and as well as having a private space young people will need access to reliable technology.
Nancy Burn, Schools Counselling Service Manager: Nancy.Burn@MYPAS.co.uk
0131 454 0757 (office) or 07864 025204 (mobile)