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 Counselling Service 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.
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
Due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we are currently offering remote counselling via telephone. This option may not be suitable for all students, in this case we will endeavour to sign post to appropriate services or will ensure that you are contacted once we are able to offer face to face sessions.
If you decide to take up the offer of remote counselling the first appointment with the service will be an assessment session via telephone. 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 or mental health support. In these cases, we may offer remote follow up sessions whilst offering to refer or signpost to appropriate agencies where possible.
The first step is to email wellbeing (@gold.ac.uk) and one of the Wellbeing advisors will contact you to arrange an initial confidential discussion. This can be facilitated by various remote platforms including Microsoft Teams, telephone and email.
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.
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.