Counsellors will not tell you what to do, but can help you think about your difficulties from a different perspective . We can also provide support and advice if you are worried about friends, colleagues or family members.
Due to Covid-19, Counselling appointments will be be blend of face-face and online via the Zoom platform. We believe that the service offered online is of the same quality as with face-face appointments and our team of counsellors/therapists are fully trained and aware of how to provide therapy online.
To self-refer please click here.
Talking to a trained counsellor can be a very effective way of managing and understanding difficult feelings and situations. You can approach Counselling to talk about anything you feel worried or anxious about. You might not know why you feel unhappy (that's ok to talk about here too!) but often people come to talk about things such as anxiety,depression,bereavement, problems with friends or family members, study problems, exam stress, feeling lonely or isolated, issues around food, sex, drugs or alcohol, self-harm and/or suicidal feelings.
If you need to speak to some one urgently, we offer Same Day Bookable appointments that become availible from 8:30am each morning and can also provide information for Emergency Help if you need it.
Students tell us that being able to talk about problems in a safe place, share experiences and meet with other people in 'the same boat' can be really helpful. Group counselling can be an opportunity to find out that by talking about your experiences and listening to others, you feel less 'on your own' and more able to cope with difficulties such as depression, anxiety or student life generally. Please note: these are ran in the accademic year when staff are available.
A number of themed workshops run throughout the year, designed to support you with general issues such as stress management , exams, anger or relationships. Our 'one-off' workshops give you an opportunity to meet with others, offer techniques and advice for dealing with common aspects of student life and realise you are not alone.
Online / Self Help Resources
If you are not sure you want or need to speak with a counsellor straightaway, we have a large range of online self- help resources dealing with common issues such as anxiety, depression, procrastination, bereavement and self-harm here
Free 24/7 Helpline via Health Assured
If you need immediate emotional support at any time of day you can access the 24 hour helpline on:
0800 028 3766
If you have experienced a bereavement or if you are feeling low, depressed, stressed, or anxious you can call this support line at any time of the day. You can also call if you need financial, legal, non-urgent medical advice too!
You will speak with qualified counsellors on the call, including a team specialised in the areas of bereavement, finance, law and medical care.
*please note that this is now replacing the previous same-day bookable service we had.
Mental Health Advice
Our mental health advice team can help you get supoprt and adjustments for study, develop practical skills to manage a mental health difficulty and liase with the NHS or other university services , or access additional support services as necessary.