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Welcome to the Counselling and Mental Health Service

We are committed to supporting students experiencing emotional or psychological problems, so that they can gain maximum benefit from their university experience and develop their potential to the full.

The Counselling and Mental Health (C&MH) Service consists of two parts, Student Counselling and Student Mental Health Advice. Both are staffed by professionally trained practitioners who are experienced in helping and supporting people from many backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of personal and life issues.

You can request support by completing a Self-Referral Form and returning it to us as detailed below.

Depending on your needs, you may be offered an initial one to one appointment or a place in one of our group programs that run on a regular basis.  Both are free to registered University of Worcester students. 

Student Counselling

There are four counsellors: Clare Nield, Rod London, Debbie Evans and Kirsten Brown. Other counsellors may provide additional sessions during busy periods. They can be contacted by phone on 01905 85 5417/5107, by completing a Self-Referral Form and leaving it in the red post-box outside WB77, or by emailing them at counselling@worc.ac.uk.

People come to counselling to talk about whatever is of concern to them in their lives, and which may be preventing them from being how they want to be. In normal circumstances, anything that is said in counselling is confidential, and nothing will be revealed to anyone outside the C&MH Service without your permission. It is very rare that breaking confidentiality is considered. Such circumstances would involve a potentially serious risk of harm to yourself or others. But even in such circumstances, your counsellor would normally try to speak with you first before speaking to anyone else. The counsellors provide further information about this policy when you make an appointment and at the start of your first session. Please ask if you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality. 

The University of Worcester Student Counselling Service is an Accredited Service of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as such adheres to the standards and ethics of the BACP as laid out in their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. 

There is often a short waiting list for counselling so it is really helpful if, having made an appointment, you keep it or contact the team as soon as possible to cancel so it can be offered to another student.

Mental Health Advice

There are three Mental Health Advisors: Angie Harding, Carol Bottomley and Lisa Edmed who are all registered Mental Health Nurses on the NMC Register. They can be contacted by phone 01905 85 5447, by dropping-in to see them if they are available, by completing a Self-Referral Form and leaving it in the grey post-box outside room WB80, or by emailing them at mentalhealth@worc.ac.uk 

The Mental Health Advisors are there to support you if:

  • You have a pre-diagnosed psychiatric condition. 
  • You do not have any diagnosed condition but are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties which significantly affect your ability to manage your everyday life. 
  • Changes that you can’t make sense of start having an impact on your life.
  • You are on the Autistic spectrum, e.g. Asperger's.
  • You need guidance on claiming Disabled Student Allowance for mental health support, or you need advice on how the university can make reasonable adjustments for your needs.

There are many reasons why people experience psychological difficulties. These are some:

  • Reaction to painful events. 
  • Feeling under pressure or stress related to University life.
  • Substance misuse. 
  • Lack of sleep. 
  • Significant changes to your diet. 
  • Having a physical illness.
  • Significant changes to your life-style. 

The Mental Health Advisors will help and support you in managing your difficulties.
Normally anything that is said in a session with a Mental Health Advisor is kept confidential, and nothing will be disclosed to anyone outside of the C&MH service without consent by you. A confidence would not be broken unless it was felt that you were a risk to yourself or others. The Mental Health Advisors will discuss this with you further at your first session.