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Personal problems may impact your ability to study and achieve your potential at University. Counselling is an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or issues you may have in a supportive and safe environment. Your counsellor will work with you to help you understand what is going on for you and to find a positive way forward. On this page will be information about the University Counselling Service, and local counselling services you may wish to access. 

University Counselling Service

Coronavirus update

Counselling is still available through the University Counselling Service. We are offering appointments in person at the Wellbeing Centre, or via Microsoft Teams (video call or audio only). Please contact the Student Hub if you are interested in counselling.

Information about counselling

The University Counselling Service offers short-term counselling for students – the number of sessions will be agreed between you and your counsellor. Each appointment is 50 minutes. If you are late to your session, it is unlikely your session will be extended due to other appointments taking place. The University Counselling Service is free of charge. Read more about counselling through the University Counselling Service.

How do I access counselling?

We must ensure that this type of support is the most suitable for you so if you are interested in counselling, please contact the Student Hub to find out more information.

You will need to be registered at a UK doctor's surgery to access counselling through the University Counselling Service, however you will not need to provide us with any evidence from your GP to have counselling appointments.

The service was fantastic and I always felt comfortable and relaxed so I could express myself. I can now make the most of my University experience.

Local Counselling Services

Alternatively, you may choose to access counselling from a local service. If this is the case, we encourage you to contact the Student Hub so that we can offer you additional support through Student Support Recommendations for mental health conditions, wellbeing support, self-help, and practical support.

No Limits

No Limits offer free counselling sessions for people aged 25 and under. Visit their website to find out more and to self-refer. 

Life Changes

Life Changes offer short-term counselling sessions for a small charge (£10 for people who are not working). Visit their website to find out more and to self-refer.

Olive Branch (Winchester)

The Olive Branch offer counselling sessions for a small donation. Visit their website to find out more information. 

If you can afford it, you can choose to pay for your counselling privately. The cost of private therapy sessions varies, but it's usually £10 to £70.

You can search for a private counsellor by typing your postcode into the Counselling Directory, and can check out the counsellors’ skills, experience and websites. Alternatively, you could search on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy registers for a counsellor local to you.


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