Services offered

Counselling support can be offered in a range of formats: through supported self help, individual sessions or within a workshop or therapeutic group. You can access a one off session or opt for a series of sessions. The services provided by the Student Counselling Service are intended to support the mental health and wellbeing of Bristol University students. For more information about our guiding principles, see our mental health statement (PDF, 517kB) and handbook of practice (PDF, 550kB).

Supported self-help drop-ins

Drop-ins take place on each day of the week. A team of counsellors are available and you can be seen for 20 minutes. There is no need to book a place, you can just turn up.


Workshops usually take place on Wednesday afternoons between 2.00 and 3.30pm. Each workshop is a stand alone activity and through the term we will cover a range of themes. 

Therapeutic groups

Therapeutic groups run regularly through the year. Some groups operate as drop-in groups, where there is no need to sign up in advance and others need to be booked via our booking form. Bookable groups will have a set number of participants (usually 8-10) and sessions (usually 4-6) and you will be expected to attend each week. Drop-in groups generally run throughout the term. Some groups will be organised around a particular theme and others will be more generic. Different groups take place at different times in the week.

Individual counselling

Individual counselling can be accessed by having an Initial Assessment session where you and the counsellor can explore what type of counselling might be appropriate to your needs. You should be able to have an initial session within 2 weeks but may then have to wait to have regular weekly counselling, depending upon demand.

Supported self help

You can either access self help resources directly yourself or come along to one of our supported self-help drop-ins in order to access a range of self help tools. You might find it helpful to have a clinical liaison counsellor who you can meet from time to time to monitor your self help needs.

I’m fairly sure that the Student Counselling Service, in combination with my friends support, saved my life and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you.