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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: Ia Tollstam 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:

Tuesdays: 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm

Wednesdays 10am, 11am, 12am & 2pm

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 that you bring the completed form with you to 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:

Tuesdays: 10am & 10.30am

No appointment needed, just come to Student services reception 10 minutes prior to the appointment times and ask to see one of the counsellors.


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

This is so we can offer the slot to another student.


The service is confidential to the Student Counselling Team.

 A full copy of our confidentiality policy will be sent to you when you make your first appointment.

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