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We want you to enjoy your time at University and our Counselling Service is here to support you with whatever emotional difficulties you are going through.

Our team of professional and qualified counsellors provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your life and to support you with whatever you are experiencing. Counselling gives you the opportunity to focus on your feelings and reflect and understand why you feel the way you do; empowering you to find solutions and enhance your enjoyment of life.

What can I talk about?

Our experienced counsellors are trained to help with a range of issues.  Common worries for students who may benefit from counselling include, but are not limited to:

  • relationships, friendships or family issues
  • bereavement, illness
  • anxiety, depression
  • academic pressure, stress
  • personal identity, sexual issues
  • sleeplessness, loneliness
  • making the transition from home to University
  • low mood
  • substance misuse
  • self-harm, suicidal thoughts
  • sexual, domestic or emotional abuse
  • difficulties around eating

No problem is too small.

We also link in with other areas of the Student Wellbeing Service and other teams in Student Services, who can offer practical advice and guidance on a number of issues including:

All of St Mary’s counsellors are fully qualified and registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework, so you can be assured of a professional, safe and non-judgemental environment that is attuned to your needs.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment by calling 020 8240 4353 or emailing counselling@stmarys.ac.uk.

The Counselling Service offers short-term counselling. After an initial general assessment with a counsellor, you are usually offered up to six sessions of counselling and or signposted to a service that's appropriate to your needs. If counselling goes ahead, sessions are usually around 50 minutes long and will take place weekly, typically on the same day and time at an agreed time between you and your counsellor. We do ask for your availability in advance and we will try to accommodate you as best we can.

We currently offer appointments on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm throughout the year, except during the Christmas holiday closure, bank holidays and weekends with a reduced service over summer and Easter.