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Counselling Service

What is counselling?

When we experience problems it is often helpful to talk over the situation with someone else. This could be a friend or family member, but there are times when it can be useful to talk to a person who is outside the situation, who has the professional skills and experience to assist people with emotional and psychological difficulties.

Counselling offers an opportunity to discuss concerns in a way which is different to talking to a friend or family member:

  • Another perspective can be offered, which may make it easier to reflect on the situation and understand it differently.  This is often the beginning of change
  • It may be easier to express difficult feelings and emotions to a counsellor, than to someone close to you.  The counsellor will try to help you find ways of making sense of, and managing, these feelings if you are feeling overwhelmed

Who are the counsellors?

Our counsellors are professionally qualified and experienced and are members of the British Association for Counselling (BACP) and/or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Our Counsellors are: Nancy Bell and Carla Preston

Making an appointment

To make an appointment please send an e-mail to

Counselling sessions can currently be booked on the following days and times:

Monday: 10am, 11am, 2pm

Wednesdays: 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm

Thursdays: 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm

When an appointment is made for you, you will be sent a confidential client registration form so that we have your contact information.  Please ensure you return the registration form to the counselling service via email in advance of your first appointment.

You will be offered an initial consultation with one of the counsellors where your needs and options going forward will be explored.

The Student Counselling service offers short to medium term support and can offer information of other external services.

Drop in sessions:

Drop in sessions offer an opportunity to have a brief discussion about any problems or issues that are causing you concern. The drop-in sessions last for up to 20 minutes, and are available on Mon, Tues and Weds. No appointment is necessary, as these are filled on a first come basis. Sessions cannot be booked in advance, and if all slots have been taken you may need to return another day. The service is designed to offer information and consultation for students suffering distress, but is not an emergency service

Mondays: 12.30pm

Wednesdays: 12.30pm

Thursdays: 12.30pm

While we are working remotely the drop-ins can be accessed by emailing between 12-12.15pm. Sessions will be offered on a first come first served basis.


If you are unable to keep an appointment you must inform us at least 24 hours beforehand by e-mailing:


A full copy of our confidentiality policy will be sent to you when you make your first appointment and can also be read here.

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