Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence about any issues past or present that are troubling you. It is a space where you can talk about yourself with someone impartial, who will help you to process things and reach useful conclusions. Counselling should not be seen as somewhere to come for ‘advice’ about how to solve your problems, rather a place where you will be helped to come to your own understanding about what you need to do or how you need to be. The discovery of your own solutions can be very empowering and is at the heart of a satisfactory life.
Counselling is available as both short- and long-term support, and students are normally offered an initial appointment within a few days.
Counselling is available to all students, inclusive of those going through reporting processes internally or externally.
Counselling in College
Catherine Snelson a trained counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist is available for counselling on site. She sees both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is available Mondays to Thursdays. In addition to appointments she offers a drop-in session at 3.00 pm every Wednesday during full term in her room, QW109.
University Counselling Service
You can access the University Counselling Service through the self-referral form.
Carol MacIntyre- Jones is our dedicated PGCE counsellor and can make herself available at times compatible with the demands of the PGCE timetable. Her appointments are online.
If you have any specific preferences or needs (for example for a male counsellor, an ethnic minority counsellor, topic specialist or someone external to the College & University) please email firstname.lastname@example.org (received by the Wellbeing Assistant and Wellbeing Coordinator). A meeting will then be arranged with the Wellbeing Coordinator to discuss your needs and if deemed appropriate arrange short term counselling (6 sessions) with a recommended external counsellor.
If you have been referred for a different kind of specialist counselling by a psychiatrist or other medical professional the College has the potential to assist students financially, partly by a direct contribution and partly by supporting an application to the appropriate University fund click here.