The aim of Vista and St Albans Plus is to provide early interventions for children and young people experiencing difficulties which prevent them from engaging fully in their education. We offer a number of packages to support children and young people through intensive programmes. Each support scheme will start with a referral, a conversation to discuss what intervention is required and the desired outcomes. Programmes can be tailor-made to address the issue and sessions take place in a secure and safe environment.


The Vista Counselling service is particularly beneficial for children and young people experiencing bereavement or separation, bullying, self harm or relationship difficulties and problems at home.

St Albans Plus and Vista can provide a qualified Counsellor to support a child or young person aged between 5 and 19 years regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. All Counsellors are quality assured by Vista and hold relevant qualifications. they are trained in Safeguarding and hold enhanced CRBs. Counsellors are members of BACP (their professional body), are BACP accredited and are experienced practitioners who follow the BACP ethical codes of practice and receive regular supervision.

The counselling sessions enable them to explore their feelings in a secure environment and enable them to move past their problems and build firm foundations for a secure future.

Sessions last approximately 45 minutes depending on the age of the child. The Counsellor regularly reviews the sessions to make sure that they are meeting the needs of the child or young person.


Mentoring and Emotional Support

Mentoring offers an experienced person for the child/young person to talk to where they can air their worries or concerns. Our Mentors are experienced in working with a variety of issues such as low self esteem; eating disorders; family breakdown; friendships; bullying; anxiety; exam stress and issues around moving on to secondary school.

Each child or young person will receive a minimum of 6 sessions each lasting approximately 30 – 45 minutes. If further support is needed Vista will signpost you and your child or young person to the right agency or service.

Behaviour Support

The Vista Behaviour Support service offers interventions with individual students and small groups. These interventions support mental health such as: anxiety issues; self-harm; self-esteem; building resilience; promoting emotional literacy; mindfulness. We address social skills and behavioural difficulties; anger management; transition; drug and alcohol issues.

We can carry out classroom observation, provide a full report including recommendations as well as attend meetings with school and parents.


Support Programmes

The Vista and St Albans Plus have a number of support programmes that are available for small groups or individual students. A sample of these are:

Lego Expression

Drawing and Talking

Protective Behaviours

The Mighty Mob (building confidence in shy children)

Penn Resilience