Our Counselling Service is here to try and help you gain understanding and insight into what you may be experiencing.

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The service is free and confidential, but it is not an emergency service. It aims to build your resources and to promote change that will enable you to fulfil your academic and personal potential.

The service is free and confidential, but it is not an emergency service.

What counselling is

Short term counselling is available for students who are experiencing problems such as anxiety, depressed feelings, and emotional difficulties that may or may not be connected to student life.

Talking and thinking collaboratively with a professional counsellor often allows for more clarity and new perspectives which can lead to viewing and dealing with things differently.

How it works

The first appointment at the service will be an assessment session, in which you and your counsellor work together to make sense of your experience, and think together about what might be most useful for you at this stage.

Some presenting issues are of a more complex and/or long standing kind, and may require longer term/specialist counselling. In these cases, we may offer follow up sessions whilst offering to refer or signpost to appropriate agencies.

Arranging counselling

The first step is to meet in private for a 15-20 minute appointment with one our Wellbeing Officers at the Wellbeing Drop-In. This will be for an initial confidential discussion.

During this meeting we can discuss whether counselling would be the most useful resource and, if so, students will be assisted with accessing a counselling assessment.

How to arrange an Wellbeing appointment.

Our counsellors

All counsellors are fully qualified Members of BACP or UKCP, and adhere to BACP ethical guidelines.

All counsellors are committed to practising counselling in ways that are inclusive, accessible and affirming to students from all backgrounds, cultures, races, beliefs, sexualities, abilities and gender identities.

See the Goldsmiths Counselling Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement.

Emergency and Crisis support

Who to turn to for immediate help