Talking through your problems can help and it can be beneficial to speak to someone outwith your immediate group of family and friends.

Counselling can help you deal with personal problems, such as a long-standing issue or and short-term crisis. These could include problems arising from a variety of issues such as:

  • trouble with family or friends
  • feelings resulting from an event such as bereavement or trauma
  • difficulties adjusting to life as a student/living away from home
  • addiction
  • stress
  • anxiety

You can approach your counsellor with any personal problem. However, your counsellor can also help you access the assistance of an outside specialist agency if you find that helpful.

The counselling service will not be able to assist with practical issues such as money, housing, childcare or benefits. If you require information and advice on any of these topics please contact our Student Advice Centres.

There is nothing to be embarrassed about in seeking help. Students of all ages, backgrounds, gender, full-time or part-time, can make use of the student counselling service.

As a guideline, each session will typically last for about 50 minutes. The frequency of your visit will depend on what you and your counsellor both feel is appropriate.

How to book a counselling appointment

To book a counselling appointment you need to:

  • log into either the college app or the student intranet with your usual username and password
  • choose the campus that you want to attend and any available appointments will show up in green
  • choose a time and an email confirming the name of the counsellor, date, time and room will be sent to your college email account
  • if there are no available appointments in green it means they are fully booked so try again in a couple of days to see if any have opened up.

Counselling Directory - Student Counselling

Alternatively, the Counselling Directory is a useful resource for students seeking help. The Counselling Directory enables you to find a counsellor appropriate for your needs based in your area. This is a free, confidential service that will help you find support. The site contains a wealth of information about different emotional disorders and useful articles written by qualified counsellors.

If you decide that you would like to speak to someone, you can contact a counsellor or organisation in your area in complete confidence. The directory lists charities and organisations who offer their services free of charge and many counsellors also offer student concessions.