Counselling Cottage

Nayland’s two qualified counsellors Linda and Suzi are a strong and compassionate team who use their experience and wisdom to support students who wish to access their confidential service.


Their home is The Cottage and Natalie is the very skilled and kind receptionist who manages their appointments.


The cottage contacts provide a layer of pastoral care out in the wider school and are actively connecting with juniors. They join a Year 9 class each week in core curriculum areas when they are free and may work 1:1 with small focus groups.

What is Counselling?

  • Counselling offers an opportunity to talk to someone who will listen without criticism, and who will keep what you say confidential.
  • Some people come to counselling because they need a different perspective on a problem (be it a relationship or a situation)
  • Coming to counselling does not mean that you are crazy, but just that you have decided to explore new ways of dealing with what life is offering you, or that you know you would benefit from some support in dealing with things.
  • Counselling offers a safe space to put into words the thoughts and feelings that are inside you – and in doing this gain some understanding and control over them.
  • Counselling is a very different process for each person and we encourage you to discuss with the counsellor what you need from the time.


To make an appointment or access more information about the Nayland College Counselling Cottage please ring Natalie Ogden-Bell (Counselling Receptionist) on 03 547 9769 ext 850 or email:

More About Counselling

A counselling session may last up to an hour (one school period). Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come for several regular sessions and sometimes they may have long periods of time between sessions. This is something that is negotiated between you and the counsellor and depends on many factors including the types of issues that are discussed and the purpose of the counselling.


Counsellors keep what happens in a counselling session confidential.  You are, of course able to discuss with others if you wish. They write brief notes after each session which are also confidential and will be kept safe and secure at all times.


Counsellors have regular clinical supervision where they can ensure they are working in a healthy, safe and professional way.  They may talk about the work you are doing together in this forum, if they do they will ensure you anonymity.


If the need arose for a counsellor to communicate with another professional about you this would happen in discussion with you. An exception to maintaining strict confidentiality is where there is a very serious cause of concern for your well-being or that of another person.  The counsellor would discuss this with you before taking any action.


Find out more about counselling, answers to common questions: