What is Counselling?

Students come for counselling for all sorts of reasons. They might be worried, suffering from anxiety, feel depressed, confused or generally feeling negative about themselves and their future. There might be a problem in their family and friendships or with their partner or they might have experienced bereavement in their life and/or the loss of a loved one. All of these issues can have an impact on the a student's ability to focus and remain motivated in their studies and/or inhibit them enjoying university college life to the full.

Often people come to counselling because they want to make some change in their lives. Talking about what is on your mind can help you understand and discover more about yourself - both your strengths and your weaknesses. Through counselling, you can talk about your problems and worries and find alternative ways of moving forward in life.

What Counselling Service is Available at Writtle University College (WUC)?

The counselling service at WUC offers a confidential non-judgemental space where you can talk about any emotional and psychological problems which may be affecting your ability to study. You can expect the counsellor to respect you and not impose opinions on you. They will not make decisions for you, nor will they tell you what to do. The aim of counselling is to help you to find your own answers and to become more in charge of your life.

A first meeting with a counsellor is usually used as an opportunity to discuss whether continued counselling would be appropriate to your needs. It is without obligation on either side. Feel free to ask any questions you wish, as you need to satisfy yourself that this counsellor is a person whom you feel able to trust and with whom you would like to work. The counsellor will help you to overcome any difficulties you may have in expressing yourself and will accept that you may need to modify what you say, not just once, but repeatedly until you feel you have got it right.

If you feel you would benefit from counselling as a WUC student you are entitled to a series of 6 weekly 50 minute sessions with the counsellor. Towards the end of the sessions together with the counsellor you will review and evaluate where you are at and any change and progress made.

The Counselling Service at WUC operates in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Any information about clients will not be seen by anyone outside the team unless their personal safety is believed to be at risk. Under the 1998 Data Protection Act, clients have right of access to any records that might be kept on them.

How can a student access the Counselling Service at WUC?

The counselling room is located within the Wellbeing team offices on the ground floor of the main building (within the Wellbeing Hub).

A request to access this service remotely (eg. via MS teams), where this is the student's preferred method of accessing support can be considered.

Students can enquiry about counselling by emailing, calling into the Wellbeing Office or making a self referral via the Wellbeing Team's moodle page.