I have been working therapeutically with children, young people and adults for over 20 years in a diverse range of settings. The foundation of my approach to working with people is characterised by empathy, respect and a strong belief in the possibility of change.
My passion for building strong, therapeutic relationships with clients led me to undertake a 4 year counselling training programme which I completed in 2014. Soon after I began working full time as a School Based Counsellor in a secondary school, a role that I am deeply passionate about. Whether it be through one to one counselling, delivering workshops or facilitating therapeutic groups, I get a huge amount of satisfaction from supporting people to overcome their difficulties.
With degree level qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Youth Counselling and a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, you can be assured that the theoretical knowledge underpinning my practice is comprehensive but, most importantly, I provide a safe, confidential space for clients to explore their difficulties to enable us to find effective ways of moving forward.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which is awarded in recognition of 'the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy' and practice in line with the BACPs Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. In addition, I am enhanced DBS checked, have professional indemnity insurance and have extensive safeguarding training and experience.
On a personal level, I'm a committed husband and father to my two young daughters, year round sea swimmer, fruit and vegetable growing enthusiast and lifelong surfer!
Recognition of Scott's Work
''Scott is a highly competent practitioner who displays a thorough understanding of a range of appropriate psychological models and who demonstrates a very good understanding of the BACP ethical framework. He shows a high level of professionalism, skills and knowledge and I feel confident that his clients are very well supported''
Dr Graham Ramsden, Senior Educational Psychologist and Author of The Teenager in the Greenhouse.
BACP Children, Young People and Families Journal, June 2021.
In this issue, Dr Marilyn McGowan uses non-fiction narrative to explore lessons learned during COVID-19 in Cometh the hour. Scott Eastwood examines the research evidence relating to test anxiety and asks what school-based counsellors can do to support young people in Testing times; while Professor Mick Cooper shares findings from ETHOS, the largest study to date to pose questions about What’s going on in school counselling?
Interview with Government of Jersey
Interview with Scott Eastwood by the Government of Jersey Communications Team about School Based Counselling.
More than 1,000 students seek school-based counselling
09 February 2022
What does a day in the life of a school-based counsellor look like?
Most counselling in schools takes place in planned, regular sessions, which last anywhere between 30 to 50 minutes. Young people can self-refer for counselling, or they can be referred by a parent or teacher. However, counselling is entirely voluntary, and the counsellor will always check to make sure that the young person is engaging in counselling through their own personal choice. Much of a school-based counsellor's day is spent engaging in one-to-one counselling sessions with young people. However, part of their role is also to provide therapeutic group work or workshops in response to identified needs such as anxiety, building self-esteem, exam stress, etc.
Something that not many will know about school-based counselling:
Hundreds of young people engage in school-based counselling in Jersey every academic year. The vast majority of young people who engage with school-based counselling in Jersey don't go on to require onward referral for more specialist mental health support such as CAMHS, which highlights the importance of the preventative value of school-based counselling.
What will this year look like for your team?
As well as the themes that we traditionally see in school-based counselling such as family problems, anxiety, peer group issues, bereavement, anger problems, low self-esteem etc, we're continuing to support young people with the fallout from the pandemic, which has been incredibly difficult for many young people. Like other services that support young people's mental health, such as CAMHS and the YES Project, we're seeing a significant increase in the numbers of young people accessing school-based counselling, which was around 1,200 last year, so we envisage this year to be an incredibly busy time for our service.
What is the best advice you can give to children and young people?
We'd encourage them to reach out to us for support if they're struggling with anything that affects their mental health. School-based counsellors are trained to try and understand the issues or problems young people are facing, from their point of view, and they do so without judgement. The young person can very much determine what the focus of the counselling will be and everything that's discussed will always remain confidential, if the young person isn't in immediate danger. What a lot of young people find is that being able to talk about their worries or concerns to someone who's trained to listen and understand, can really feel like a weight has been lifted.