One-to-one Counselling offers you a safe and supportive space to explore difficulties you are experiencing. Counselling can help you gain a new perspective on an issue that you may feel stuck with, help you to cope with an unexpected crisis, and help you to develop healthy strategies to manage ongoing difficulties. 

Some common issues that students seek support for include academic stress, anxiety, low mood, self-esteem and identity, coping with transitions, gender identity, family and relationship difficulties, loneliness, bereavement, sexual trauma, eating difficulties, alcohol/drug misuse and more. 

The Student Counselling Service operates a short-term counselling model – students are generally offered up to four sessions when they register. If longer-term support is needed, we will explore this with you during your sessions. Where appropriate, we will help you to identify and connect with relevant external services.

If you believe you could benefit from talking confidentially to someone, please contact us. 

Online Counselling

In situations where online assessment and counselling works best for you, we proceed on the same basis as in-person counselling. In your initial online assessment session, we talk together about your challenges, specific needs and what you would consider a good outcome. The best outcome sometimes involves connecting with local one-to-one services and continuing with themrather than online sessions, or it may well be to continue with online sessions. As with one-to-one sessions, the aim is to keep counselling focused and efficient. 

We are unable to provide online counselling if you are actively suicidal, engaging in serious self-harm or if you have severe or enduring mental health challenges. In situations like this, it is important for you to access face-to-face support through your own GP and other psychological services locally. Online counselling cannot provide an emergency service for clients. In you do experience an emergency whilst engaged in online work your counsellor will explore appropriate support with you that you might access. If you do find yourself in a major crisis and considering serious self-harm, it is vital to get immediate help. This would include contacting your GP, or your nearest Accident and Emergency department.