Student Counselling

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  • Offers one to one counselling sessions, workshops and self help resources.
  • Provides a confidential service for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde, available at any time during your university career.
  • Is available for any personal issue affecting general well-being, health, relationships or study.
  • Respects your values choices and lifestyle.
  • Assists you to talk through your concerns and when appropriate, helps you to make the changes and decisions that are right for you.


If you wish to see a counsellor for the first time this academic session, please contact Reception on 0141 548 3510 or email: .We will make arrangements for you to have an initial meeting where you needs can be assessed.

Please contact our Student Nurse if would like advice and corroboration of Personal Circumstances. She is also available to offer support with health concerns and symptom management, or concerns about others’ wellbeing.

 If you have already been allocated a counsellor and you would like to make a return appointment please contact Reception on 0141 548 3510 or email: or your counsellor directly with details of your availability.

You may wish to have a look at our self-help materials whilst you are waiting to see someone. Additional resources can be found in our wellbeing collection.

If you need to speak to someone urgently please refer to our need help now page.

Opening hours

We are open term-time Monday to Friday, from 9am until 4pm.

If you are unable to make it in to see us during office hours, we can offer you a telephone appointment during these hours. You can also email counsellors directly. Remember that email is not a confidential means of communication.

What is Counselling for?

Many of us have times in our lives when we would like to feel happier or more satisfied with our life.  We may;

  • find it is difficult to concentrate
  • feel we are distracted or unfocussed
  • feel sad, anxious, stressed, frustrated or overwhelmed
  • want to come to terms with a loss or with past experiences
  • feel dissatisfied with our work or our relationships
  • want to find more meaning and purpose in our lives, develop our strengths or contribute more to our communities.

Counselling is offered by the University to help students struggling to make the most of the many opportunities which University offers. Counselling gives people time and space to focus on things that are concerning them and find ways of improving their lives.

Counselling can help you;

  • think about things in a more positive way
  • be less anxious or stressed
  • be more ‘yourself’ and less concerned about what others think of you
  • feel more in control of your life and the things you do
  • find more meaning and purpose in your life and studies
  • find ways to improve your relationships with others
  • come to terms with painful experiences, feelings or losses
  • talk about and make difficult decisions

You may need information or advice, in addition to, or instead of, counselling. Contact
Support and Wellbeing
Advice Hub, Student's Union 

Alternatively, you may wish to contact our Student Nurse who is available to offer support with health concerns and symptom management, and to offer advice and corroboration of Personal Circumstances.

What will happen at a First Meeting?

Your first meeting at Student Counselling is an assessment meeting. It is a 50 minute meeting and you will be asked to complete some contact details before your appointment begins. Please arrive promptly. 

Assessment is an opportunity to find out more about what we offer and to explore what it is that would make a positive difference to you. Student Counselling offers one to one counselling, groups and self-help materials and the counsellor may suggest things to try or other sources of support for you. 

Before the session it is helpful if you can think about what you would like to change about your situation or feelings and what you believe might be helpful to you. Come along ready to talk about your concerns openly with the counsellor. The counsellor is ready to support you to work out what you need. They will listen attentively and respect your perspective. 

You may want to read more about Talking therapies in general or more about Student Counselling.

What happens after the First Meeting if I come for counselling?

Students can be offered up to six counselling sessions. There is often a waiting time between the first appointment and ongoing counselling and you may see a different counsellor from the one you saw initially. If you need more than 6 sessions you will be helped to explore options elsewhere. 

Counselling offers an opportunity to talk through any personal issue causing you concern. You will meet with a trained counsellor who will not judge you or try to tell you what you should do. She or he will offer a commitment to listen and try to understand you and your experiences, whatever they are.  You should find you are able to see things more clearly or look at your situation differently after talking to a counsellor. In this confidential setting you may share feelings of distress, unhappiness, anxiety or uncertainty. Exploration and greater understanding of how you are affected by your experiences can help you begin to feel life is more manageable. It might be that making some changes will help you live more effectively and counselling may help you find resources to address the issues you face.

What kind of counselling is offered and by who?

All the counsellors work from a humanistic perspective. This means they believe that each person has a right to make the decisions about their own life, and the capability to do so wisely when they know the options and feel supported. Students are encouraged to pay attention to their feelings and needs as well as the demands and constraints of the outside world. Students are free to talk about anything of concern to them. 

The counselling offered is time limited (6 sessions) and we encourage you to make the most of each session and the time between sessions. There is a focus on what might be helpful in the short term and an opportunity to decide if more ongoing support is needed. 

Student Counselling is staffed by professional counsellors who abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice and who are all very experienced in the University setting.

How confidential is counselling?

Counsellors respect your right to privacy and offer a confidential service. Only in certain rare circumstances will any personal information about you be passed to anyone outside Student Counselling.

These circumstances are where:

  • you have given your permission for the counsellor to disclose information to a specific person or agency
  • you, the counsellor, or someone else is in serious danger
  • the counsellor would be liable to civil or criminal proceedings if the information were not disclosed

The counsellor will normally encourage you to personally pass on information to the relevant person or agency. If there is no indication that this has happened or is likely to happen, or if the crisis or danger is significantly acute, the counsellor may pass on the information directly. Consent to disclose information will be sought from you if possible.

You may want to read more about our record keeping and professional standards.

student counselling GRAHAM HILLS BUILDING
G1 1QE
t:0141 548 3510

World in your hands

The World Health Organisation defines Mental Health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Encouragement and guidance on how to raise concerns if a friend seems to be struggling.

We are a very busy service so if you are unable to attend any appointment please let us know immediately.

Manage your stress

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