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Psychological therapies provide a safe and confidential space to discuss your wellbeing concerns

Psychological Therapies Pathway

About us

Our Psychological Therapies Pathway offers confidential support for students experiencing difficulties with their mental health/wellbeing. Psychological therapies are provided by qualified practitioners who aim to help you cope more effectively with any personal and/or emotional difficulties that may arise during your time at University. Our pathway is made up of two teams: our Counselling team and our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy team. 

What support is available?

Based on your current concerns, a number of support options can be recommended by a practitioner. Within this pathway, we follow a stepped care model which recommends accessing the most effective, least intensive/intrusive treatment first. This means that we often recommend students access self-help resources before progressing on to one-to-one therapy. You may be advised to access:

  • Self-help (books, websites or mobile apps)
  • A workshop or group
  • A Single Session Intervention (SSI)
  • One-to-one sessions within Wellbeing Services
  • Support from a service outside of the University

Please be aware that postgraduate research students are also able to access the free service Care First for advice and ongoing mental health support.

What is a Single Session Intervention (SSI)?

A Single Session Intervention (SSI) is a one-off session with a practitioner from our Psychological Therapies Pathway. During this session, a practitioner will help you to formulate a plan and consider strategies you can take immediately to deal with a specific worry or concern. This may include:

  • Learning new ways to begin to manage troubling thoughts or feelings
  • Knowing who else to contact within the University
  • Recommendations for external support or online resources

How do I access this pathway?

If you feel that you may benefit from support within our Psychological Therapies Pathway, please get in touch to book a Telephone Referral Appointment (TRA). During your TRA, the practitioner will discuss support options based on your current concerns. 

Please be aware that availability and waiting times for all our services fluctuate according to the varying demands of the academic year.