The New Wellbeing Hub

Monday 27th May 2024

At the beginning of the Lent Term, the Counselling Team were delighted to move into the new College Wellbeing Hub – a calm, nurturing space where pupils can get help and support from trained professionals to identify, manage and prevent mental health issues and promote wellbeing. The Wellbeing Hub also provides an opportunity for pupils to access invaluable drop-in support sessions provided by our Lower Sixth Wellbeing Ambassadors. 

At the start of this Summer Term, Mindful Mondays were introduced. These relaxation sessions are an opportunity to learn some simple exercises to reduce anxiety, gain focus and a sense of calm for exam year groups. Practising mindfulness has been proven to boost concentration, mental clarity and improve mood, which in turn can help sleep – all essential ingredients for staying mentally healthy during exam season. 

Sessions begin at 5pm each Monday afternoon in the Wellbeing Hub. 

As part of the College’s whole school approach to mental health, the Wellbeing Hub is a proactive, creative and supportive space for promoting wellbeing and protecting the mental health of our pupils. 

We hope the following gallery of images, featuring some of our College Counsellors speaking with Wellbeing Ambassadors, gives you an idea of the positive environment that has been created.

Sam Dascombe
Lead Counsellor


Counselling Team in Profile

Sam Dascombe – Lead Counsellor 

Sam joined Marlborough College in 2018 and also works with adults and young people in private practice. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has a degree in Humanistic Psychotherapy from Warwick University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, and has completed training courses with Cruse Bereavement and the National Centre for Eating Disorders. 

Gilly Beer – Counsellor 

Gilly spent most of her working life as a primary school teacher, before retraining to become a counsellor and joining Marlborough College in 2019. Gilly also works with children, young people and adults in private practice. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. She has a particular interest in working therapeutically with neurodiverse clients and is currently undertaking training in this area.  

Eujayne Vines – Counsellor 

Eujayne joined Marlborough College in 2022 and is a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also works in private practice with adults.  

Josie Ballenden – Counsellor 

Josie is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and joined Marlborough College in December 2023. She has worked as a therapist with young people, families and adults for over ten years, working in private practice, organisations, and primarily in schools, both in the UK and abroad.  

Ben Sloper – Counsellor 

Ben joined Marlborough College in January 2024, alongside working with adults in private practice. He worked for over 20 years in the Financial Services industry, predominantly in IT, and after taking his own long-term counselling journey decided to qualify as a counsellor. He has a first-class degree in Psychology from UWE Bristol and a diploma in Counselling from New College Swindon.  

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