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What is counselling?

Counselling sessions provide a regular time and space in which to share, explore and understand the nature of the problem, along with associated feelings, thoughts and behaviour.

Counselling is not the same as giving advice. The counsellor is there to help you identify and understand more clearly what is bothering you. The counsellor can help you to gain a different perspective on yourself and/or your problems and aid you in making choices and changes that feel right for you.

Counsellors see students individually for 50 minutes. Regular attendance is essential, but the number of sessions will vary according to individual needs. In order to monitor your progress, you will be asked to complete the on-line questionnaires periodically during your counselling contract and forms an important part of your therapeutic work.

Your use of counselling remains confidential to the service within the limits agreed with your counsellor.


What kind of problems can I bring to counselling?

Anything that is worrying you and disrupting your normal work, study or personal life can be talked over in counselling. For example problems with:

  • relationships
  • friendships
  • family issues
  • bereavement
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • depression
  • gender identity
  • sexuality
  • sleeplessness
  • substance misuse
  • eating problems
  • difficulties in concentrating or focusing on studies.

Your concern may not fall into these categories but if it is causing you distress or difficulty, you are welcome to come and talk to a counsellor. Often students are not sure why they are coming when they first arrive, they just know that things are not okay for them.

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