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Individual Counselling

Counselling / Talking Therapy / Psychotherapy
Here are some definitions which may provide you with a clearer understanding.


"Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood. Describing what’s going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change".

Mental Health Foundation

"Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment".

NHS Choices

"Sessions with a trained psychotherapist offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your issues".

UK Council for Psychotherapy

"Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things".

It's Good to Talk

Counselling Appointments : What Happens

If you attend a counselling appointment, sessions will last for 50 minutes and work towards an end date or 'goal'. Service users can be provided with choice about their treatment (time of day,  therapist gender, specialisms (modalities) and access in other languages upon request. UCS appreciates that sometimes the client-therapist relationship is not always easy. As a client you are welcome to voice any concerns or queries (such as changing counsellor) you have outside of this relationship with the Head of Service. Please email or call 0114 222 4134 to discuss it with the Reception.

Alternatives to Talking Therapies

Counselling and talking therapies do not suit everyone. For this reason, we recommend students consider alternatives such as self-help. This can enable you to work at your own pace, using your own intuition and being self-reflective in understanding your own behaviour. You can find more information about self-help now. Please note that self-help is intended for low-level concerns. If you are really struggling to manage your wellbeing please speak to your GP (e.g. UHS) in the first instance.