10/04/2018

Rookie Minds

Rookie Minds is our new mental health counselling service for children and young persons. This service provides the opportunity for struggling individuals to talk to mental health professionals in an organisation they feel safe with. We have been providing this service on a small scale for a short time now and we are absolutely convinced of the need for it. Rookie Minds is open to anyone who needs it.
We are able to offer help in various areas inclusive of: bereavement, anxiety and depression, education support, family relationships and bullying.  This project works out of our head office in Kirkintilloch as well as working directly with schools.If you know someone who is in need of help, do not hesitate to get in touch. E: info@rookierockstars.org.ukT: 0141 404 0057

For Schools

Rookie Minds provides one to one counselling and play therapy in primary and secondary schools.  Our aim is to improve the resilience, confidence and mental health of the pupils we work with.  We currently provide children and young persons mental health services in several primary and secondary schools throughout Scotland helping pupils to deal with a variety of issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, neglect, loss, trauma, family breakups and many more issues.

One-to-one counselling.

Our one-to-one sessions provide weekly support to pupils who have an ongoing need for more in depth counselling. Our fully qualified counsellors tailor each session, taking into account a childs age, needs and situation. For younger pupils we use play therapy to encourage pupils to express themselves in a non verbal way, helping us to get the best idea of how to provide support.

Self Referral for pupils (The Rookie Drop In)

The Rookie Drop In is a safe place for pupils to come and chat or play during lunch time. We would usually have a permanent “Rookie Room” in the school which is available to all pupils on a self referral basis. It’s used to help children express themselves and for the counsellor to offer solution focused therapy to help the child through their situation. Our counsellors make themselves a real part of the school by visiting classes, speaking to staff and walking around the playground from time to time.  This raises awareness of the service and helps our counsellors to be approachable by staff and pupils.

Staff Support/communication

Rookie Minds leave 30 minutes free at the end of the day to be available for staff.  This allows us to speak to the senior management team with regards to any safeguarding issues that may have arisen and keep them informed of progress etc.  This time allows class teachers to come to us for any support, advice or concerns they may have about pupils in their class.  We can simply be an ear for them or we can also try to give some practical advice to enable them to offer the best support possible to their pupils.

For Parents

Rookie Rockstars have worked with over 100,000 school pupils across Scotland.  We have 400 students who come to us weekly for music lessons.  Working with so many young people we came to realise that from time to time they can struggle through various situations.  Through talking to parents it was evident there was a real lack of support available for struggling youngsters.  It is for this reason that we started Rookie Minds.  Our aim is to improve the resilience, confidence and mental health of the young people we work with. We currently provide children and young persons mental health services in several primary and secondary schools throughout Scotland and have private practices in Kirkintilloch and Falkirk.  We help young people to deal with a variety of issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, neglect, loss, trauma, family breakups and many more issues.

If you feel your child would benefit from counselling, please get in touch to speak to one of our counsellors via 0141 404 0057 or minds@adminrookierockstars-org-uk

Young Persons Counselling

Generally for ages 11-18 we offer one-to-one counselling to young people.  This involves chatting to the young person and helping them to perhaps have a different outlook on certain things or giving them coping strategies.  We also try to build a positive relationship with every young person who uses the service. As  a neutral, i.e. not part of usual school or family life we are able to offer a safe place for them to truly open up and get they help they so greatly need.

Counselling for children.

For ages 5-11 we offer play therapy.  A child simply cannot express themselves in the way that an adult or even a teenager can.  Through play a child can feel at ease, allowing them to express themselves and really open up about whats going on in their lives. Drawing, playing with toys, wearing costumes or role playing, allows children to explore how they feel the way they do, in a very natural, everyday way. Play therapy can have wonderful results especially as the child gets more and more comfortable with their counsellor.

Why work with Rookie Minds?

As part of Rookie Rockstars we are well respected by schools, parents and pupils alike.  Through having often worked with us on other projects, pupils build up trust in us and therefore find it easier to open up and discuss issues with us. We treat every pupil as an individual and tailor our approach to suit their needs and situation. We only provide services using fully qualified experienced counsellors ensuring all pupils have the very best support available.