The College has a counselling service for students with a core staff of two experienced counsellors who are both accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), supplemented by sessional counsellors who are also BACP Members. All counsellors adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
The specific focus of the Student Counselling Service is to provide support for the student’s mental or emotional well-being. In general our role is not to provide information or advice but to help the student to speak about their difficulties, to make sense of what they are experiencing and to explore possible ways forward for themselves.
Counselling can help with:
- Exploring difficult relationships
- Coping with stress, depression, trauma, abuse, life crisis, loss, bereavement, transitions, phobias
- Developing self-knowledge, exploring body image or sexual identity
- Working through difficult feelings such as anger, anxiety, fear or emotional pain
- Talking about personal or learning problems
- Making decisions or choices for yourself
- Looking after your mental, physical, emotional and sexual health
- Working towards increased independence
- Gaining improved sense of personal well-being
- Addressing concerns about use of drugs, alcohol or other substances
- Understanding reasons for self-harm or eating difficulties
Students can normally receive a first appointment within one week of first making contact with the service. Students can contact the service directly by confidential telephone or text, through their tutor, or through the Student Participation and Well-Being team.
Telephone: 01225 328 698 (including 24-hour confidential voice mail)
Confidential Text: 07791 766784
Telephone: 01225 312 481 (including 24-hour confidential voice mail)
Confidential Text 07787 418 248