What the Student Counselling Service does

About us

We are here to help you if you are struggling. We provide confidential, high quality, short term, individual and small group counselling in relation to those issues directly impacting on your ability to study.  

How we can help

We can help you with a range of issues including:

  • mild to moderate mental health difficulties
  • anxiety and depression
  • academic pressures
  • dealing with procrastination 
  • difficulties with perfectionism
  • shame
  • family problems
  • gender identity
  • experiences of bullying
  • bereavement and grief
  • low self-esteem
  • assertiveness/self confidence
  • sexual identity

Things we can't help with

We are not an emergency or a crisis service. If you need urgent care, find out where you can get emergency help.

We do not provide mental health treatment or long-term therapeutic care if you have severe or complex mental health conditions. We cannot replace NHS mental health support.

Contact your doctor or the Students' Health Service if you need treatment for an ongoing mental health condition: for example

  • an eating disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • OCD
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • schizophrenia

The short term counselling we provide is not suitable to support 

  • enduring addictions
  • pre trial therapy
  • historical abuse

For help with these see specialist services in Bristol.

If you think you need different wellbeing support

If you don't think this is the right support for you, find out where else you can get help

Use our services

There is often a waiting list to use our services, while you wait you can get support from other services.

Use Student Counselling

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