Counselling at SHU
Counselling offers a confidential, non-judgmental space to talk about how you are feeling and make sense of what is happening for you.
Talking with a person who has the professional skills and experience can help you to explore any psychological or emotional difficulties that might be preventing you from engaging with life more fully, or coping with the demands of University.
The counsellor is not there to give advice or to provide answers but to help you to find your own solutions. Counselling can be helpful for a wide range of issues that may be causing you distress, anxiety and unhappiness. These may be things that are happening in the present or have happened in the past and can include:
- Loss of a loved one through death or the ending a relationship; loss of a job or important role; loss of ability through illness or injury
- Relationship difficulties – with partners, house-mates, friends or family or with people in general
- Painful memories and feelings resulting from past abusive or traumatic experiences
- Problematic use of alcohol or other drugs, difficulties with food or other addictive behaviours
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Sexual identity and orientation
- Significant life changes, including social and cultural transitions
How to access counselling
If you haven't used the Student Wellbeing service before or are coming for the first time this academic year, you'll need to register online. Once you have submitted the form, we will contact you to make you an offer of support, usually within a week of your enquiry. We can offer a range of different interventions (see below) based on what you have told us and what we feel is the most appropriate option at the time. Counselling is only one option in the wide range of psychological support available. The type of support may change once you have had contact with the service and there may be situations where we will not be able to offer you support directly but we can give you information about other ways in which you can get help. Our specialist appointments include: