Counselling & Welfare Support

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 have experienced bereavement in their life, maybe the loss of a loved one. All of these issues can cause an impact on the student's ability to focus and remain motivated on their studies and inhibit them enjoying 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.

The Counselling Service 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 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 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 to Access the Counselling Service

The counselling room is located within the Safeguarding & Wellbeing team area on the ground floor of the main building.

To book an appointment you can:

  • Drop in and speak to any member of the team who can book an appointment for you.
  • Email: Rachel Taylor
  • Telephone 01245 424200 ext. 25655

Student Welfare

There is a full-time Welfare Officer who is available as the first point of contact for all students who may have concerns or problems with any aspect of college or home life (eg study, accommodation, finance, relationships etc.)

Students can call in, without appointment, to see the Welfare officer, who is willing to advise or liaise with other members of staff or external support agencies, as appropriate.

For welfare issues/concerns please contact:
Email: Sue Bendall
01245 424200 ext 25720 or on 07766 255829