Once you have enrolled at the College you can access the Counselling Service. The Counselling Service is open to all full and part-time students. The Service is led by a professionally qualified and accredited counsellor who works to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling. Trainee and newly qualified counsellors are sometimes on honorary placements within the service.
We all face difficult experiences in our lives from time to time that may cause us to feel upset or anxious.
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore personal and emotional issues about any aspect of your life. These issues do not have to be related to college.
The counsellor will support you to gain a better understanding of what is going on for you and look at ways forward. They will listen and work alongside you on any issues causing you distress, rather than tell you what to do, give advice or judge you in anyway.
You will be offered an initial assessment session of up to 45 minutes where you will be asked about what brings you to counselling. You will also have an opportunity to ask about the counselling service and what can be provided.
Following the assessment you are likely to be offered between 6 and 12 counselling sessions which would usually take place once a week. Should longer term counselling seem helpful you will have an opportunity to discuss this.
What is discussed during your sessions is kept confidential to the counselling service. However in extreme circumstances there can be exceptions to this, but this will be explained to you in your initial meeting.
You can arrange an appointment with a counsellor by calling into the Student Support Office in room PT2.14, 2nd floor Pelham Tower or you can complete the downloadable referral form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you’ll find a few websites which provide information and advice on a range of issues:
Youth Access www.youthaccess.org.uk
Eating Concerns www.b-eat.co.uk
Student Depression www.studentdepression.org