Counselling

Following a drop-in session you may be offered short-term Counselling. Counselling is delivered by trained practitioners who work with people in a confidential and safe space. They help people bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

Counsellors aim to listen carefully to you and help you find ways of helping yourself as it may be easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with a person independent of friends and family. All our Counsellors are qualified and work to professional standards (such as BACP). 

Why come to counselling?

Students often choose to come to counselling because they are experiencing difficulty and distress in their lives. You do not have to be in crisis, or on the verge of one, before seeking help. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general. Common issues discussed in Counselling sessions include:

  • Relationships
  • Academic pressures, exam and study stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Lack of confidence
  • Eating disorders
  • Self and identity
  • Sleep problems
  • Transitions, homesickness or dealing with change
  • Abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

Is it confidential?

Yes, Counselling is a confidential process. We do not disclose that you are attending Counselling to anyone outside of Student Services, unless you give your permission. We have a confidentiality agreement that you will be asked to sign upon accessing support, and your Counsellor will answer any questions you have related to this as there are some exceptions to this policy. 

How long does counselling last?

We offer short-term Counselling (up to 6 sessions) and each session lasts 50 minutes. You will agree with your Counsellor whether you want to meet weekly, fortnightly etc.

What if I can’t make a session?

The demand for Counselling can be very high, so it is extremely important that you give us 48 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend a session. Please contact wellbeing@yorksj.ac.uk or call 01904 876477 to let us know if you are unable to attend. This means we can free up that time for other students in need. If you miss several sessions we may be unable to continue to offer you Counselling, however the Drop-In sessions will still be available to you.