Counselling provides a safe, impartial and confidential space to explore personal issues. Counselling gives you the opportunity to focus on your feelings, experiences or behaviours with a goal to facilitating positive, personally meaningful change.
Is counselling right for me?
We all experience difficult times in our lives and each one of us will feel moments of sadness, pain, and isolation. Such emotions are part of the human experience and are usually balanced with other feeings of happiness, wellbeing and contentment.
Sometimes, however, difficult feelings and behaviours can become overwhelming and do not seem to pass with the usual ups and downs of life. At times like these, you may wish to consider whether counselling might be beneficial to you.
Common concerns for students who may benefit from counselling include:
|General anxiety||Academic pressure||Procrastination|
|Low mood or depression||Family and relationship issues||Sexual orientation|
|Eating difficulties||Loss and bereavement||Panic attacks|
|Confidence issues||Feeling confused/unhappy||Cultural issues|
What to expect if you are referred for counselling
In an ongoing counselling session you will have an initial assessment with a practitioner who will explain what to expect, the limits of confidentiality and our attendance/cancellation policies. You will be encouraged to describe your situation and the issues you are facing so that you can agree on the best course of action. We are able to offer short-term support and you will have the opportunity to discuss the number of sessions that seem suitable during your initial assessment. If you require longer-term support we can help you to find another counselling service that may be able to offer this.
Our counsellors are professionally qualified and have substantial experience of working with people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. You will also be given the choice of working with a counsellor in training. These counsellors are continuing their professional training and working towards registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Some personal difficulties may require specialist support that is not available within this service. Other students may wish to pursue longer-term psychotherapy, or another form of psychological support. An outside referral may then be the preferred option. Other reasons we may refer you to an external service might include:
- When you wish to pursue further counselling but have graduated or interrupted your studies
- When you prefer to see a counsellor who has no connection with the University
- When a close friend, relative or partner who is not a student would like to see a counsellor