GCU Counselling Service

Our qualified and experienced counsellors/therapists are here to support all University students as part of the Student Wellbeing Service. 

Key Activities

We support all matriculated students by providing;

  • Signpost to self-help resource
  • Signpost to other University based support or Community based support
  • Access to short term confidential one-to-one counselling
  • Therapeutic Groups and Workshops
  • Awareness raising of Good Mental Health through collaborative activities on campus and on-line
  • We offer to help students work through their difficulty, understand themselves better and find their own way to better manage.
What is Counselling?

Helping You to Understand Yourself

Counselling involves a series of confidential sessions where the counsellor/therapist and student will explore the student’s issues or concerns. These sessions take place at a regular, mutually agreed time.  Counselling is not about giving advice or opinions, nor is it a friendly chat with a friend. The counsellor /therapist will help the student to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to cope with or resolve their situation.

Counselling may involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, ways of relating, of thinking, and patterns of behaviour. The counsellor/therapist will offer the student a safe, non-judgemental relationship to explore whatever concerns they may bring. 

Counselling Sessions

The Student Counsellors/Therapists within the Wellbeing Team provide short term counselling, usually a maximum of 6 sessions.

Some issues students bring to counselling include

  •  Life transitions
  • Ways of relating to others; relationship concerns
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Fears
  • Personal Growth
  • Lack of self-confidence/worth
  • Lack of motivation
  • Low mood
  • Sexuality
  • Personal experiences causing distress e.g. victim of crime
  • Experience of abuse
  • Concerns about anger, mood changes
  • Physical health changes/impact
  • Disordered eating
  • Self Harm concerns

The Counselling service offering is informed by the Ethical Framework of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy