Epsom takes the mental and physical wellbeing incredibly seriously. We strive to ensure that all the children in our care are happy, healthy, cared for and respected.

From time to time each of us needs a helping hand, and counselling can provide a child with much-needed time to take stock, reflect, and begin to repair.

In recognition of the important role talking therapies play in our wellbeing, we have a College Counsellor available to all pupils. The service is free, confidential and accessed through our Medical Centre.

Meet Epsom’s Counsellor.

“My name is Alice Allen, BScPGCE PDip MACP.

I am a qualified child and adolescent psychotherapist. My qualifications are with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP).

Find out more about the ACP

Visit the TSP website

To gain these qualifications, I undertook a rigorous four-year full-time training within the NHS.  I have experience working in CAMHS and set up a private practice in 2015.”

What is child psychotherapy?

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a psychoanalytic treatment for children, young people and families.

By building up a trusting relationship with the therapist, meeting in a consistent setting at a regular time, the young person may begin to feel able to express their most troubling thoughts and feelings.

The hope is that confused, frightened, hurt, angry or painful feelings can gradually be put into words rather than actions.

Over a period of time, the young person may be helped to develop their own individuality and potential.

The young person may begin to feel less anxious, more able to learn and better equipped to sustain friendships and other relationships.

Who can be helped?

The kind of difficulties that the child psychotherapist can treat in School include:

  • depression, suicidal thoughts and deliberate self-harm
  • anxiety
  • bereavement issues
  • trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • separation and attachment difficulties
  • eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
  • neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD or autism
  • conduct and emotional disorders
  • emotional aspects of learning and physical disabilities.

How to arrange an appointment?

An initial appointment can be made by emailing Alice at counsellor@epsomcollege.org.uk or phoning 07870 163 891.

During the first meeting, you will discuss the ways in which Alice might be able to help.

The initial appointment can be anonymous, however, it is sometimes necessary, with your consent, to talk things through with your parents or Housemaster or Housemistress.