In-house Family Support Service
At Blackhorse Primary School, we try to support our families during difficult times through access to our in-house Family Support Counsellor, Sara Alhadeff (or Mrs A as the children call her).
Sara was a Teaching Assistant for many years in Reception before completing a counselling degree and returning to Blackhorse as our in-house Family Support Counsellor.
Sara works with both parents and children to help overcome difficulties big or small.
Common areas which Sara supports parents with include:
- Family separation
- Parenting tips
- Bedtime Routines
- Overcoming financial problems
- Housing issues
- Managing stress, depression and anxiety
When working with parents, Sara is happy to meet with you at school or at your home (or even at a local cafe). She is also happy to chat on the phone. Any contact with Sara is confidential and she can be contacted by visiting, phoning or emailling the school office.
Common areas which Sara supports children with include:
- Managing anxiety and stress
- Coping with bereavement
- Coping with family separation
- Dealing with friendship issues
- Understanding anger or sadness
- Improving behaviour and routines at home
Sara's work with individual children is, again, confidential and no other children will know that your child is recieving support. Support from Sara takes many forms, from one off chats or games sessions when a child wants to talk about a specific issue, to regular (weekly of fortnightly) sand-tray therapy, cooking sessions, conversations over a game etc. Sara's role is to give children the chance to talk about their feelings and concerns in a safe, non-threatening environment where they can work through feelings and thoughts which are making them anxious, angry or sad.
Before Sara begins working with a child, parents are always consulted and the choice as to whether to allow Sara to meet with a child is always the parents decision. Sara will usually phone parents after each session to let them know what was discussed and any insights that were gained.
Many parents and children at Blackhorse have found Sara's support invaluable, allowing them to overcome problems both big and small.
If you'd like to know more or would like Sara to work with you or your child, contact her via the school office.