A Consultation is a 50 Minute one-off Appointment with a therapist.
Consultation appointments are available to provide you with psychological support and guidance.
Please note we would ask that you provide details of the GP Practice you are currently registered with. For information on how to register with a GP Practice please Click Here.
If you are looking to arrange ongoing therapy, we recommend registering with the service for assessment in the first instance: Register
Please note, the service has a limited number of consultation appointments and demand can be high at peak times of the year, such as the start of term.
New slots are made available each day, if there are no appointments available we would ask that you try again the following day. If you continue to have difficulty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.
If you feel your situation is urgent or you feel your symptoms have worsened we would encourage you to make contact with your local GP or NHS surgery in the first instance.
Emergency contact information can be found here: Emergency and Crisis Support
Book a drop in consultation
- Book your consultation online on the day, from 0900.
- Appointments are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to our Contract of Engagement.
- If no appointments are available to book the calendar will be greyed out into the future.
- Consultations should not be used to ask for Good Cause - please see the Good Cause FAQs for more details
Member of staff:
Contact the Employee Assistance Provider (PAM Assist) on: 0800 882 4102.
Register for Counselling Sessions:
If you would like to recieve a block of ongoing counselling sessions with one of our therapists, please complete the short webform below.
Please note we would ask that you provide details of the GP Practice you are currently registered with. For information on how to register with a GP Practice please click here.
Please also be aware that our sessions are currently conducted remotely.
Once you have completed the online registration webform you will be sent 2 forms to complete:
1. Registration Form
2. Screening Questionnaire
We will send these forms and subsequent communications to your student email address
Initial Assessment Appointment
Once registered you will be offered an initial assessment appointment. The waiting time for this initial appointment will vary depending on the time of year. During the summer period it is quieter and initial assessment appointments are known to be offered within a week of completed registration.
Preparing for your Assessment Appointment
It can help to think about the following questions before your assessment:
- What are your reasons for approaching the counselling service?
- Why now?
- What are you hoping to gain from having counselling?
Waiting time for the block of counselling sessions
The waiting time for your first counselling session after your initial assessment depends on the time of year.
What is counselling
Counselling is a process through which one person helps another by purposeful conversation in a supportive and understanding atmosphere.
Counselling is designed to aid self-exploration and understanding, so that you can become more consciously aware of what is happening in your life, and feel better able to face problems more objectively or with less anxiety and tensions.
Counselling is not advice or a means by which the helper provides solution.
The focus of counselling will vary according to each individual's needs.
Only when you and the counsellor explicitly agree to enter into a counselling relationship does the facility become counselling.
Counselling can help with a wide range of difficulties:
- Homesickness, loneliness, anxiety, depression
- Problems in relationships
- Family problems and troubling past experiences
- Bereavements and losses
- Life changes such as pregnancy and illness
- Sexual and cultural identity
- Suicidal feelings
- Crises such as assault
- Academic difficulties
Due to being a short term service, we cannot offer the long term support required if you suffer from Habitual Addictions, Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder or Complex PTSD.
It would be best to consult your own Medical Doctor. See a list of nearby medical practices