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Counselling at St Mary's

We want you to enjoy your time at University and feel supported here. It can be a daunting time - perhaps leaving home for the first time, or embarking on study after a long period of doing other things.

Our professional and experienced Counsellors are here to support you with whatever emotional difficulties you are going through.

Our services

Some of the issues we deal with include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement/illness
  • Abuse: sexual/domestic/emotional
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning)
  • Self-harm/suicidal thoughts

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:

Our Counsellors all abide by the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and you can be assured of a discretionary service that is respectful and attuned to your need. 

Making an appointment

We are based in Student Services, on the top floor of the Student Union building. Referrals can be made either by visiting us and picking up a Wellbeing Referral Form, or filling it in digitally and emailing it to wellbeing@stmarys.ac.uk.

After an initial assessment session you may be 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 at a regular agreed time between you and your counsellor.

We currently offer appointments between the hours of 9am and 5pm throughout the year, except during the Christmas holiday closure, bank holidays and weekends. A reduced service is offered over the summer.