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Emotional Health & Well Being

Our School Counsellor

Hello my name is Catherine Kiff.

I am the school counsellor for St James’. As the school counsellor, I offer a safe and confidential space where I will listen, non-judgmentally, and help children to begin to understand their feelings and thoughts. As an integrative arts psychotherapist and counsellor I work through the use of the arts and play. Through this way of working it helps provide emotional support when children, young people and adults are faced with experiences in life that they are finding difficult to cope with. Using the arts such as painting, clay, puppets sand tray, music and drama can help people to communicate their feelings and express their thoughts which they find difficult to talk about.

Expression through use of the arts provides an alternative but important opportunity to understand a person’s emotional life and their ways of relating to other people. Unlike art activities, art work produced in therapy is not intended as an end product and it does not have to be aesthetically pleasing. Using the arts in a therapeutic context is a means to self-discovery by being curious about what is created. The arts act as a vehicle for understanding growth and facilitating change. There is not expectation to be good at art or have any previous experience of working in this way.

In addition to my work at St James’, I have a private practice and work across the public, private and voluntary sectors and in research, within the field of mental health.


Qualifications and Registrations:

I am qualified to Masters Level with specialist qualifications in adults, adolescents and children. I also have additional training in bereavement, loss, trauma, PTSD, art therapy and creative play therapy.

As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist I am a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the UK Council for psychotherapists (UKCP). The British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).


I have an enhanced DBS check and level 3 safeguarding.


Anti-Bullying Day

This is being held on Wednesday 14th November 2018.


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St James' CofE Primary Anti-Bullying Policy

Free On-line counselling Service for 11-23 year olds.

Available 365 days a year - Weekdays 12-10pm and Weekends 6-10pm

  • Kooth operates in 45+ local authorities across the UK
  • Attracts 'hard to reach' and 'under the radar' young people
  • Young people can sign up themselves - no referral required
  • All Counsellors are fully trained and UKCP/BACP accredited.
  • Everything is moderated and confidential, no personal details or real names

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Essex Child and Family Well-being Service
The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service brings together a range of children’s community services. It’s provided by Virgin Care in partnership with Barnardo’s on behalf of Essex County Council and the NHS.


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