NOTICE: The University Counselling Service will be moving premises sometime over the next few months, so look out for updates on that. It also has a new revamped website including self-help information, and pages for university staff, parents of students, and students who are supporting other students through difficult times.
The Counselling Service is independent from the University, although it is funded by the university and by colleges. It offers a professional, confidential, general counselling service that deals with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. The Counselling Service provides group therapy and workshops as well as one-one sessions. If appropriate, the counsellors will refer people to other organisations.
There is usually a waiting list, but the Counselling Service can almost always manage to see people for an initial session within a week and there are also places for absolute emergencies. There are both male and female counsellors available. An initial appointment will be made which lasts for approximately an hour, after which the student and counsellor decide together whether further counselling would be helpful, and, if so, what form it should take.
The Counselling Service is open in term time and the vacations on weekdays: 9:15am to 5:15pm. There is no requirement for a GP referral.