What is counselling?
The purpose of counselling is to gain insights and work towards making changes in your life. This is not a quick or easy process and it can often be very challenging. It’s a dynamic rather than a passive process in which you will be expected to fully engage and work hard. So it’s important to decide if you are ready for this.
Anyone, at any time, can have thoughts and emotions that may feel overwhelming. The Counselling Service is here to help you explore how you think, behave and feel about an issue and help you find appropriate ways to make changes in your life. We are a confidential, inclusive service with qualified therapists trained in a range of evidence-based psychological therapies.
Our service provides a supportive pathway with a stepped care model; this means that you can access us quickly and get the most effective help for your needs.
We now offer something called Single Session Therapy (SST), the model is designed so that students can fill out a simple form and be seen by a therapist or mental health practitioner. Single Session Therapy is designed to address your presenting concerns within one session. This appointment is usually sufficient for many students. You will be contacted by email after 6 weeks for a review.
SST is also the entry-point to our other counselling services, should a student present with more complex needs. We offer longer-term counselling over a few weeks or months, should this be appropriate. You will be able to access up to 6 sessions in any academic year. If you are offered long term therapy, you will be expected to implement the learning and insights that you have gained from your Single Session first. You will have at least a 6 to 8 week gap between a single session and any further intervention to allow you to put into practice anything that has been discussed and to process your insights and experience before you would be ready for further therapy.
Counselling is available for all students who are experiencing some difficulty or problem in their life and who feel that they cannot for the moment solve this difficulty on their own.
There are many different types of problems for which students seek our help. They can be long-standing problems, such as family difficulties, or past abuse and recent problems to do with academic issues or homesickness and difficult settling in to student life. There can be worries over alcohol or drug use and difficulties with relationships and sexual identity. Some students come to see us with worries over depression, anxiety and other mental health issues and with difficulties in dealing with physical illness.
Counselling is suitable where there is the time to reflect on current difficulties. It is not necessarily appropriate when an emergency response is necessary in a crisis. You will find contact details on our homepage for other services which may help in a crisis. Nonetheless, if you come to us in an emergency, we will always guide you towards other help if we feel you need either different help, or extra support whilst being in counselling.