Coming to University can be both exciting and worrying at the same time. The Counselling Service offers free, confidential support for a wide range of personal and emotional concerns that may be affecting your capacity to study and having an impact on your university experience, including:
- Relationship issues or family matters.
- Homesickness or loneliness.
- Stress, anxiety or depression.
- Study related issues.
- Sexual orientation.
- Cultural identity.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Life-style issues - drug and alcohol use, sleeping patterns, eating concerns.
Counselling is free of charge to all students registered with the University.
If you would like to talk to someone about the counselling service, you are invited to visit during one of our drop-in sessions which take place throughout the week at Canterbury:
- Mondays 12:00-13:00 AHg54
- Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 AHg46
- Wednesdays 12:00 – 13:00 AHg55
- Thursdays 13:00-14:00 AHg46
- Fridays 12:00 – 13:00 AHg55
How does counselling work?
Counselling will help you to discover new coping strategies and develop your own resources. It’s a private, focused conversation with a person who will listen to you, and think with you about your issues, to help you find new perspectives and a way forward.
Counsellors do not give advice or recommend any action for you to take. They’ll explore your individual situation with you to help you clarify your thoughts and feelings in order to for you to find your own answers. You can expect to be listened to you and responded to in a manner which respects your life choices and personal values.
Do I need counselling or some other service?
Many students find that their difficulties can be managed by talking to their family, friends, or a member of staff in their academic department.
Your GP may be a good place to start if counselling is required, but you might also like to speak to someone from the Chaplaincy about their Confidential Listening Service.
You don’t have to be in crisis to come to counselling; you may just be feeling unhappy or confused, and feel you would like to talk about this.
We are sorry, but the University Counselling service is not an emergency service and is not able to provide a 24/7 response.
If you feel that you are in a crisis, or if you are concerned about the welfare of someone you know please see Emergency Phone Numbers.
Contact us if you would like more information, or to make an appointment.