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Counselling and mental health support

 “My counsellor was nice, kind, reliable, made me feel comfortable and helped me during the session.”

We offer individual sessions, online and telephone counselling to help support you during your time at UWE Bristol. Students get in contact for a range of reasons, some of which include:

  • Adjusting to university life.
  • Feeling lonely or unsure about friends.
  • Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or experiencing panic.
  • Coming to terms with bereavement or difficult things in the past.
  • Troubles with eating, self-harm or feeling suicidal.
  • Difficulties with confidence or low self-esteem.
  • Problems in relationships with family, friends or partners.

Major changes are an inevitable part of university life and may come at a time when the familiar support networks of home, family and friends may be less accessible. Student counselling has been developed in recognition of these extra pressures on you.

If you are unsure of what to expect from the Wellbeing Service, you may find our 'myth busting – common misconceptions of wellbeing support’ article written for the Student’s Union at UWE Bristol helpful.

Therapeutic Consultation

After completing the wellbeing registration form you will be offered a therapeutic consultation with a Senior Wellbeing Practitioner.

You can have up to six counselling appointments per academic year. It will be up to you to choose when you would like to book your appointments.

For all methods of counselling you will need to agree to us keeping personal information about you, as described in our privacy statement.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Support for mental wellbeing

We also offer regular mental health support for some students:

  • Individual sessions.
  • Liaising with academic departments.
  • Linking with other support available within UWE Bristol.
  • Liaising with local services including doctors and mental health teams.

If applicable, the Senior Wellbeing Practitioner will discuss the support you could receive through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), such as mentoring.

We understand that getting in touch can sometimes feel difficult so we aim to make these conversations as comfortable as possible.

If you would like support, please complete the wellbeing registration form. Or, feel free to contact us for a conversation about how we can best support you.

Self-help resources

We have a number of self-help resources for additional information and advice.

You can also download the SAM anxiety app, which has been created to help you understand and manage anxiety.

Extenuating circumstances

The Wellbeing Service does not routinely write extenuating circumstance letters unless you are currently receiving support from our service.

Please read our Wellbeing extenuating circumstances policy for more information.

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