Apple Distinguished School

We are proud to have achieved Apple Distinguished School status for 2021-2024, in recognition of our innovative use of iPads to engage children in their learning and to inspire curiosity and creativity. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Retreat

The Retreat

Therapeutic Counselling

At Western Primary School we recognise that, nationwide, one in ten children between the age of five and sixteen years, (that's three in every class!) may experience mental health challenges.

In school, we are able to offer counselling with a qualified Child and Young Person Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Mrs Wilson has a wide range of experience supporting children who are struggling with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, parental separation, bereavement, loss, bullying, phobias, OCD, self-harm, food controlling, identity, school refusal, attachment, relational and developmental trauma.

When children are struggling emotionally, they can often find it difficult to understand their feelings or to express themselves verbally. Counselling young people requires specialist skills which are subtly woven through each session.  It is through following each individual child’s process and working with a variety of creative media (sandtray, kinetic sand, clay, painting, small world and games) that guides a child to the working through of ‘stuck’ feelings. Therapeutic counselling is child-led and allows the opportunity to find a way to move towards emotional resilience and a positive self-image. The importance of working through, and processing difficulties at an early age may mean that a child is less likely to suffer mental health difficulties in later life.

Our counselling provision is offered two days a week during school hours. We often have a waiting list so we also offer a provision for after school private sessions.

If you feel that you would like to find out more about how Therapeutic Counseling can help, please contact Mrs Wilson through the main school office.

Mrs Wilson

Child and Young Person Counsellor and Psychotherapist


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Western Primary School, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NA

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Chair of Governors:  Jayne Sorrell - Email:

Western Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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