St Michael's Road, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6HN

01225 702 563

Aloeric Primary School

Counselling services at Aloeric

Time to Talk

Time to Talk is one of the ways in which young people are supported at  Aloeric. It is facilitated by a Relate counsellor, which means she can engage with students impartially and confidentially.


Young people - traditionally, but not exclusively, Key Stage 2 - might like to talk to a counsellor when they are worried, sad or angry. They might need to talk with a trusted adult when enduring grief or separation (even though they try to put up a brave front in support of their loved ones). Sometimes it helps to unburden stresses, pressures or relationship difficulties at school or home.

During an allocated 6 sessions of Time to Talk we might aim to achieve any or all of the objectives below:

  • We unravel thoughts and self-talk
  • We unpack feelings
  • We explore relationships
  • We facilitate changes
  • We will refine coping skills and explore alternative ways to deal with issues, and
  • We will certainly focus on strengths, supports and feel-good activities

There are a number of ways to access counselling: A young person can drop a message in the T2T post-box; a parent/carer may make a referral through the tutor-teacher or the T2T school rep; and sometimes, the school might suggest counselling. Nevertheless, a parent must always give permission for their child to come to counselling; the parent will also be invited to a pre-meet.


The Counsellor will use a strength-based approach and brain-friendly methods to aid talking (i.e. drawing, sand tray work, card production, making worry dolls).


Relate counsellors are professionally qualified, accredited with their respective professional bodies and are supervised to ensure good practice.