Updated 20th March 2019
As the college Counselling and Mental Health Service is term time only we will be closed from Friday 5th July 2019 until Wed 4th September 2019, so that we can process the current waiting list we will not be accepting new referrals from this point. We have good self-help information on the Counselling and mental Health webpages and contact details for support from external organisations.
If you are struggling please consider seeing your doctor. You can also access useful information on the counselling pages of the intranet.
What is counselling?
Without the pressure of being judged, counselling offers a space to explore issues that are causing distress – whether they happened in the past, are happening now, or concerns to face in the future. It can be an opportunity to discover choices about what can be changed and how our perception affects the way we deal with things.
The counsellors work to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) code of ethics. Work within the Counselling Service is confidential. This means that we will not speak to anyone outside the Counselling Service about what is said to us without your permission. There are particular circumstances when we might have to break confidentiality and these are usually when someone is at serious risk of harm. We discuss confidentiality at the initial meeting and during ongoing counselling.
What happens next
1. We will arrange to meet you for a chat about counselling as soon as possible after receiving your referral form. This meeting allows us to ensure that the College Counselling Service is appropriate for you. It also gives you the facts you need to make an informed choice about whether or not you want to come to counselling.
2. There is always a waiting list for ongoing counselling – usually longest towards the end of the autumn term. We do our best to see people for ongoing sessions as quickly as possible. While you are waiting we suggest you look at the counselling pages on the intranet. At the initial meeting we will talk about what you are already doing to help yourself and what's working. You can also access self-help leaflets about specific issues.
See other counselling pages for information on:-