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In September 2023, we launched a Schools Counsellor Network.  

Being a school counsellor or therapist is rewarding, but it's also challenging and at times even lonely. We want to build a community of counsellors and therapists working in schools; one where we can explore the joys and challenges, discuss strategies and interventions and consider therapeutic work outside the counselling room, such as parent support and group work.

Our series of online events are designed to bring practitioners together to share best practice and overcome the sense of professional isolation that might come from being the only counsellor in an organisation.

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Meet our Network Lead

Dr Marilyn McGowan has been a school counsellor and supervisor for the last thirty years.  She is a strong advocate of counselling in schools and improved pay and conditions for all counsellors.

She has an extensive portfolio in counselling training and her commitment to counselling children and young people has also led herMarilyn to develop CPD courses at national and international levels, within statutory and voluntary sectors, for fellow professionals involved in supporting vulnerable young people and their families. She is a member of BACP’s Expert Reference Group – Children and Young People Counselling.

Qualifications: Professional Doctorate, MA (Hons.), PG Dip C.G, Adv.Cert. Learning Studies, Reg. MBACP (Accred.)

Role(s): Centre Manager for Poole as well as a lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Diploma in Supervision


Next event: Unicorns? The School Counsellor in the Primary Sector | .4th July | 630pm-8pm

Unicorns? The School Counsellor in the Primary Sector.

For this event, we will be welcoming Marvis Stewart. Marvis will explain and outline the steps needed to successfully develop and implement a school counselling service within a primary school context, but the experience will have relevance for debate and discussion in the secondary sector too. She will share her journey from a “counsellor in a school” to a “school counsellor” and the impact this has had on her counselling practice and school community. You will learn what a school counsellor role looks like in a primary school setting and discuss how collaborative efforts between all support systems around a child in school can create nurturing environments within the classroom and beyond.Marvis Stewart picture

About Marvis

Marvis is a qualified counsellor who currently leads and manages a school counselling service in a primary school setting in the city of Southampton. She has been a counsellor for over 8 years and has dedicated most of her career to understanding how children in a primary school setting can benefit from counselling, mental health, and wellbeing interventions.She holds a first-class degree in Humanistic & Integrative counselling, a DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt counselling and a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents. Her counselling philosophy centres on the belief that it is never too early or too late to support children in their social emotional learning journey. She believes that every single adult within the school environment has the potential and power to make a positive and lasting difference in a pupil’s life.Outside her professional work, she enjoys learning languages through music, dancing bachata and volunteering in local organisations that support asylum seekers and refugees.

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