Staff Counselling Provision

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The University is now offering staff counselling in-house. This free, entirely confidential service enables staff to access up to 6 counselling sessions via Zoom.

To access this service, please get in touch directly with one of the counsellors listed below.

All referrals are treated in the strictest confidence and the University only collates statistical information on service usage.




Emma Macrae


Hello my name is Emma Macrae and I am a qualified person  centred counsellor registered with BACP

During the lockdown period I will be offering counselling and support sessions through Zoom on Mondays between 1000 and 1700, later appointments available, please ask if required.

I believe that people need a safe and confidential space to open up their thoughts and feelings to be able to explore a path moving forward from these issues and difficulties they are experiencing.  I would hope to help and support you through this by offering a non-judgemental caring space for you.

I have worked in a few different settings which include counselling adults who have experienced trauma, in local councils with adults and also in schools with children, young people, their families and also the school staff.




 Kara Johnston


I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, working with a wide range of of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Addiction

I work in a warm, empathetic and non judgemental way, offering a confidential and supportive environment to enable you to navigage and explore issues and challenges you may be experiencing.






Sam Odell


Hello. I’m a Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist and I am experienced in supporting people of different ages, with a range of mental health disorders, specialising in Anxiety and Depression.

Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT for short) is a type of therapy that helps people to work towards their goals through a focus on understanding their thoughts and behaviour. The theory behind being that our thoughts and behaviours directly impact on our emotions. Whilst we cannot flick a switch and change how we feel, it is possible to observe and alter our thoughts and behaviours, leading to a change in our emotional state. Therapy would involve a large focus on these areas and we would introduce different tools and skills to enable change.

My focus is to provide you with a space where you can feel supported, understood and listened to. I work in an open and honest way, sharing my knowledge, insights and opinions throughout with an aim to empower you to become your own therapist. My aim is to help you to understand yourself and others a bit more, to help you feel more compassionate towards yourself, to help you feel more confident and accepted. For everything to be a little bit clearer, a little less overwhelming and for you to feel equipped to tackle any future challenges.





Zenib Ali


Hello. I am an experienced Counsellor working one-to-one for the past 8 years with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.  My experience and passion to help others makes me a person that can offer emotional support to people who experience difficulties in life.  I have a Master’s Degree in Psychological Counselling, I offer an integrative Counselling approach, drawing from Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their code of ethics.