Counselling at SHU

What can I expect from a counselling session?
All the counsellors in Student Wellbeing have pleasant, private rooms with comfortable chairs. We try to offer a quiet space where, in the first session, we would reflect on what has brought you to our service and what may be the best way forward.
Sometimes, a series of ongoing appointments are arranged and these may be weekly or fortnightly. Or it may be that one or two sessions are sufficent to deal with your issues. Your counsellor might describe some of the workshops we run.
If you need to return months later, or maybe in the following years whilst you are still at Hallam, we would always try to put you in touch with your original counsellor so you can carry on from where you left off.
We are quite separate from Faculties and courses and have no contact with them unless you ask us to. It is a free service for all students.

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:

Our councellors are professionally trained and work within the appropriate regulatory guidlines set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The counselling specialists within the service work to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.