Counselling services available at the UC Health Centre

Our counsellors are all experienced and have a special interest in students

The counsellors have various qualifications eg clinical psychologist, social worker. Go to the Staff Profiles page to see who would suit you best.

Counsellors deal with all sorts of problems eg loneliness, grief, anxiety, depression, stress, homesickness, relationship problems, gender worries. Most counselling is short to medium term. No problem is too big or too small for you to bring to counselling.

Our counsellors may, with your consent, share your care with the medical staff or may refer you to a psychiatric service if necessary.

What to expect from Counselling

Typically, you will meet with your counsellor for a 50-minute session each week. Your appointment will generally begin "on the hour," between 9 am and 5 pm, and end at 10 minutes before the next hour. Early on, you will work with the counsellor to set goals and approximate number of sessions. If you have any questions or concerns about the counselling process itself (e.g., feeling "stuck" or lacking direction), your counsellor will be pleased to discuss them with you.

At first, you may feel a little nervous about counselling, but this usually fades as your counsellor helps you talk about your concerns. There is likely to be some balance between talking about your present-day experiences and adjustments, and discussing the roots of your concerns in your family or experiences growing up. The more you share your thoughts and feelings about yourself and your problems in counselling, the more you are likely to benefit.

Your counsellor will help create a safe place for you to explore alternative points of view and to understand connections between different aspects of your experiences. The exact focus and balance of your counselling experience will depend on the issues you bring into therapy, your counsellor's perspective, and the goals you set for your work together.

Frequently Asked Questions about counselling

Includes information on cost, making appointments, emergencies, confidentiality etc.

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Staff

The counselling service is only available to students enrolled at UC, staff are recommended to use the services of Employee Assistance Programme (staff only).