Information for Students
If you think you would benefit from seeing a counsellor you can make an appointment with us. We see everyone for an initial assesment to help find out whether counselling can help. This appointment will last for 30-50 minutes and if, by the end of it you and the counsellor have decided that ongoing counselling may be beneficial, you can request to go on the waiting list.
As a service we offer primarily short term counselling. Please be aware that at busy times of year what we can offer may be limited. The counsellor you see will discuss what we are able to offer.
You can talk to a counsellor about any issue that is concerning you whether it is about university life, your studies, your personal life or anything else that is on your mind.
If you prefer to use the Online Counselling Service please go to that section to find out how you can access it.
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First you will need to fill out the online application for a counselling assessment form.
We will contact you within one working day with an appointment, a link to an online questionnaire, and some useful information regarding your assessment. Please read the information as this will help you get the most out of the session. You will need to complete the questionnaire and return it to us before your appointment.
We are currently offering initial assessment appointments for 2-3 weeks after we receive your application.
Your assessment will take between 30 & 50 minutes, and if you and the counsellor decide that ongoing counselling may be beneficial, you can request to go on the waiting list.
Currently our waiting times for ongoing counselling are approximately 4-6 weeks.
When you reach the top of the list you will be offered an appointment and sent a copy of the counselling agreement.
You will need to confirm this appointment if you wish to attend.
In your first ongoing appointment you will agree with your counsellor the number and frequency of sessions. We offer 50 minute sessions on a regular basis, which would normally be weekly. This may be a different person from the counsellor you saw for your initial appointment.
On your last session of counselling we will ask you to fill out the questionnaire again.
There is a high demand for counselling appointments so it is important that you make it a priority to attend all booked sessions.
There may be occasions when either you or your counsellor will need to cancel, in which case as much notice as possible should be given so we can then fit in other clients who may be waiting. If you do not attend a booked appointment, please contact us as soon as possible afterwards. If you miss sessions frequently then the offer of counselling may be withdrawn.
If you arrive late for an appointment, it will still finish at the scheduled time. If you are more than 15 minutes late then your session may not take place.
All counsellors in the Service are qualified and accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy or are in professional training. They all follow BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice which can be viewed at www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework.
We will treat anything that you tell us as confidential and your counsellor will not pass information to anybody outside the Counselling Service except in very exceptional circumstances, which would be:
- Where the counsellor has your written consent
- Where the counsellor would be liable to civil or criminal procedure if the information was not disclosed
- Where the counsellor believes you or someone else connected to you is in serious danger.
Your counsellor would normally talk to you about this first but in exceptional circumstances that may not be possible.
Occasionally a counsellor may ask the client's permission to tape a session so that they can examine their own professional practice and development. You do not have to agree to this but if you do you have the right to stop the tape at any time if you change your mind during the session. The tape will not be named to preserve anonymity.
In line with the BACP Ethical Framework, all counsellors have regular clinical supervision where they discuss their work with a senior practitioner to ensure they are working safely and effectively. No identifying information is given and the supervisor is bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and levels of confidentiality outlined above.
Your counsellor will keep brief notes of your sessions. These are stored securely and are confidential to the Service. They will be kept for five years and then destroyed. Under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to have a copy of these.
We also keep statistical records about service use. Individuals cannot be identified in these statistics.
Please note that we are unable to provide reports for legal purposes, or provide medical or psychological diagnoses.
We welcome your feedback as it helps us to improve the service. You will be sent a questionnaire by email at the end of your counselling which will give you the chance to say what you feel about your experience with us.
If you wish to make a suggestion you can do this in writing or by email to the Counselling Service Manager. If you have a complaint please ask the Counselling Service for a copy of the Complaints Procedure.