Counselling for Students

Having previously worked at the University of Exeter within the Wellbeing Service for 9 years, I am acutely aware of the difficulties that can be encountered during student life. Coming to university for the first time is a huge transition to living and studying more independently. Being away from family and friends can be challenging, especially at first. Making new friends that you feel you can really trust and talk to about how you are feeling might take time. It can sometimes feel like there is a lot of pressure to do well and achieve high grades. It is so easy to get into comparisons of how well you’re doing in relation to your peers.

What can counselling help with?

Students bring a range of issues to counselling including:

  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Homesickness
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Eating difficulties
  • Difficulties with housemates and other friends
  • Overthinking
  • And many more…

How could counselling help?

Counselling could help to free you from what is holding you back from getting the most out of your time at university. Sharing how you feel with someone can help to process the emotions. You could learn strategies to help reduce overthinking and stop thoughts from having so much power over what you do. It might help you to make decisions about how to handle difficulties in relationships in your life, whether these are romantic, or with family or friends. It could help you to gain the confidence to take actions that will improve your wellbeing and life.

What would counselling involve?

Counselling would give you a confidential space to talk through any concerns you have, exploring your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life at the moment. It also offers the opportunity to speak about past experiences that may have impacted you. Alongside the more traditional style talking therapy, I also sometimes bring in other approaches such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy where applicable. Together we would discuss which approach(es) you think would be best suited to you. We may also explore what you can do outside of sessions to support yourself and create a student experience that is closer to the one you desire.

The number of sessions people need varies considerably and I am able to offer as few, or as many, sessions as you would like. The rooms I use are located in Exeter city centre and within easy walking distance of the university campuses, or alternatively counselling can be provided online if preferred.

For more general information on counselling with me, including fees, please see here.

Next steps if you would like to arrange counselling with me

If you are experiencing any difficulties and think it would be helpful to talk through with me how I might be able to help you, please contact me or book an initial free consultation through this website.

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