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**The Therapy and Mental Health service is available, free, to students at the University.  Members of staff can access support through the People & Development My Wellbeing link here.**

Our Service is not a Crisis Service, however, if you feel you need urgent help please see details of who you can contact in our 'I need help urgently' section below.

Current Waiting Times - November 2019

  • Single Session Therapy appointments - typically 10 working days
  • Ongoing Counselling sessions - Up to 6 weeks
  • Ongoing CBT sessions - Up to 6 weeks
  • Hypnotherapy appointments - Up to 10 working days
  • Mental Health Adviser appointments - typically 10 working days
  • Requests for letters - in circumstances where we are able to provide a letter - 5 working days

We hope you enjoy your time at Solent University and would like you to know that the Therapy and Mental Health Team is available to help if you are experiencing difficulties during your time here. 

We offer a variety of support, including Talking Therapy (SST, Counselling, Fiction Prescription and CBT), Hypnotherapy and Mental Health Advice. 

Allocating Appointments

We allocate appointments based on our assessment of what you have described on your completed Self-Referral form (see below) and the availability you provide us.  Please let us know if the gender of your practitioner is important to you.

Students from all backgrounds access our Service.  Our staff group is trained and experienced in working with issues of diversity including sexuality, gender identity, culture and ethnicity.  Though we are likely to be from a different background than our clients we are happy to discuss any issues of oppression that you may experience, or the impact that this may be having on the therapeutic relationship.

Whilst students can request to meet with a practitioner they have previously worked with there may be occasions that we are not able to facilitate this.  In these cases, we will allocate you a practitioner based on the information you have provided so that this best suits your needs.

If you are interested in accessing our Therapy and Mental Health services please click on the tabs below for more information and then complete our online self-referral form or download the paper version of this form. 

If you have any difficulties with completing the form (online or paper version) you can go to the Student Hub where an Adviser will be able to help you with this.  Alternatively, you can email us at (letting us know you are not able to complete the form) so that we can provide assistance with this.

Once we have received your completed referral form we will contact you with the offer of an appropriate appointment based on all the information you have been able to provide.  Please note, this may mean you are offered an appointment with a different practitioner than your indicated preference. (We will contact you via your University Solent email account).  

There may also be some Groups running during the Academic Year dedicated to particular issues. Information about these will be posted on the events section of the Portal.

Please remember that if you are finding things difficult it might also be advisable to speak to your GP.

Steps 2 Wellbeing may also be able to offer you support. For more information  please contact them on 02380 272000 or at or go to You could also check out the self-help and other suggested support below. 

If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact us at

Page last updated on Friday 22 November 2019 at 9.46am.


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