School Counselling Team
School Counselling Team
What is counselling?
Counselling offers a safe and supportive environment where children and young people can express themselves without judgement, develop their self-awareness, and understand the world around them through verbal and creative means. The Counsellor facilitates this process by listening and responding to the child or young person’s concerns. In this therapeutic space, all feelings, thoughts, and ideas are welcome and respected. The Counsellor is qualified, registered and experienced in working with children and young people. The School Counsellors’ skillset is varied and they will ensure that sessions will be tailored to meet your child’s needs.
The school counselling service was established in the summer of 2019. Whilst the counselling base is within Westside School, school counselling is available to all school aged children and young adults enrolled in formal education with Government of Gibraltar - Department of Education. Students might seek counselling for a range of reasons, including:
mental health concerns
support with a current/historic life event
emotional awareness and regulation
concerning behaviour at home or school
Any issue that becomes a barrier to a student’s ability to access their education can be brought to therapy.
Meet the team:
Amee Freyone: HCPC registered Creative Arts Therapist (Dramatherapist), MA Drama & Movement Therapy (Sesame), RCSSD
Jodie Holman: Registered member of BACP
Jackie Olivero: Registered member of BACP
Elizabeth Rodriguez: Registered Member of BACP and Registered Play Therapist with Play Therapy UK.
School counselling aims to:
help students connect with and explore their feelings
Encourage curiosity to learn and make as much educational progress as possible,
enabling students to access education more effectively
Settle and find their place alongside peers in school
Develop the capacity to manage and understand feelings
Raise self-esteem and confidence
Learn coping skills
Develop a positive relationship with themselves and others
Develop communication skills, self-expression, and self-awareness
Increase creativity and flexibility
Process significant life events
How to access support:
Pupils can be referred to the school counselling service by teachers in consultation with pupils and/or parents. In secondary schools, pupils can also self-refer to the service via online forms available on their google classroom.
You can also access and complete the self-referral and the drop-in request forms online by clicking on the links below. Drop-ins are one-off appointments for a one-off chat. Self-referrals are a request for short to long-term counselling:
Parents can request for referrals to be made in discussion with Senior Leadership Team (Head, Deputy Head or Year Co-ordinator).
For more information, contact the team on