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Counselling and hypnotherapy

CounsellingWe hope you enjoy your time at the University and would like you to know that the counselling team offers a variety of services that may be of help if you are experiencing difficulties.

We are here to offer support if you are worried or troubled by a personal matter, or if you would like to explore changes and decisions you want to make about your life.

To access counselling, hypnotherapy or support sessions, you need to complete our online assessment form.This should only take about 15 minutes, but please take the time to complete it carefully as it helps us to place you with an appropriate practitioner.

One-to-one services

Counselling is when you meet with a counsellor and talk through anything that’s worrying you. The counsellor will not judge you, give you advice or tell you what to do, but will listen to you and help you come to your own decisions. People explore many different things in counselling such as difficulties with: addiction, abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, discrimination, stress, eating, loneliness, relationships and much more.

Once you’ve submitted your assessment form you will be contacted with an appointment to attend. You will then meet with the same counsellor at the same day/time for 6 consecutive weeks (you will have 6 sessions in total). Striving to attend all sessions is really important.

Online counselling is when you meet with a counsellor via instant messaging using your University Skype for Business account (we never use personal accounts) and talk through what’s worrying you. Online counselling provides an opportunity to explore personal difficulties, which could include painful or fearful feelings. 

However, online counselling isn’t the best support for some situations, such as those people feeling severely suicidal or experiencing episodes of psychosis. For this, in the first instance, we would recommend that you see your GP and then consider face-to-face counselling. Online counselling is not an emergency or crisis service. In case of crisis you can contact Students 1st. Email, 023 8201 3427 or phone the Samaritans on 0345 909 090.

Once you have submitted your assessment form, for online counselling you also have to read, sign and submit the online counselling agreement. You will then be contacted with a time and day to expect a counsellor to contact you. You will meet online with the same counsellor at the same time/day for 4 consecutive weeks (you will have 4 sessions in total). Striving to attend all sessions is really important.

Support sessions are for people who have something temporary and specific that they want to explore – e.g. fear of an exam or anxiousness about a presentation. The counsellor will help you find ways to get through the temporary situation. 

Once you have submitted your assessment form you will be contacted with an appointment to attend. You will meet with your counsellor at the same time/day for 2 weeks (you will have 2 sessions in total). Striving to attend both sessions is really important.

Hypnotherapy is for people who have high stress levels, are anxious or experience low mood. The hypnotherapy sessions involve you being guided into a relaxed state of consciousness, which then enables you and the hypnotherapist to tackle the things that are affecting you. Because this hypnotic trance state bypasses the conscious mind and communicates with the subconscious mind, significant results can be achieved quickly. Please be aware that we do not offer the losing weight/giving up smoking kind of hypnotherapy. 

Once you have submitted your assessment form and the hypnotherapy consent form you will be contacted with an appointment to attend. You will meet with your hypnotherapist at the same time/day for 1 or 2 weeks (you will have 1 or 2 sessions in total, you will decide with the hypnotherapist if a second appointment would be beneficial). 

Group and workshop services

We also offer a group and workshop programme that includes:

Hypnotherapy groups for managing low mood, improving your confidence, exams: improve concentration and revision and managing presentation and public speaking anxiety.  

Support groups for loneliness, eating disorders and addictions.

Workshops for managing stress, beating procrastination and presentation stage fright'.

For more information please see groups and workshops


Page last updated on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 9.15am.


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