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Children and Family Services

Aberdeen City School Counselling Service

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VSA works in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to deliver school-based counselling services for children and young people aged 8-18.


We work with children and young people offering pupils one-to-one counselling sessions to support their emotional, behavioural, mental and social health and wellbeing.

All information shared within the sessions is confidential unless the counsellor feels that the young person is at risk. Pupils can self-refer to the service or be referred with the support of their guidance teacher, parents and carers.

Our counsellors provide a safe and non-judgemental environment which provides the child or young person an opportunity to discuss any problems they are experiencing. In the session, the young person is able to talk openly and freely about any issues they are experiencing with friends, family or teachers that are upsetting them.

We support children with a wide range of conditions such as anxiety and low self-esteem, parental separation, bullying, body dysmorphia, and self-harming.

Through our counselling sessions, our goal is to help children better understand their thoughts and emotions, and support them in identifying a set of techniques to help them cope with the challenges that life can present.

“Thank you so much for everything you have done. You have helped me find that art is the way I can express myself. It has been so amazing. I am always excited for Thursdays. It hasn’t only helped the situation about mum and dad, it has taken away my anxieties.”

Quote from pupil (Fernielea Primary, aged 11)

1 in 12

Between one in twelve and one in fifteen children and young people deliberately self-harm (Mental Health Foundation)

Nearly 80,000

Children and young people in Great Britain are seriously depressed and around three children in every class in the UK have a diagnosable mental health condition (Source- BACP)

259 Children

April 2019-March 2020 VSA supported 259 children and young people through our school-based counselling service

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