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The Counselling Service is here for you to discuss any problems which may arise, privately and confidentially with the college counsellor. We offer one-to-one counselling and support and advice on other sources of help. The service is free to all students.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides you with the time and opportunity to talk to someone about the issues in your life that are of most concern. Talking through these issues with a counsellor can help you to gain an understanding of your situation and deal with the feelings. This can help you manage and cope with your problems better, and work towards possible solutions. Find out more from our counselling Frequently Asked Questions.
Meet a counsellor
To arrange to meet with a Counsellor, visit The Advice Centre who will help you to contact the Counsellor. You could also speak to your Personal Tutor, Student Coach or any member of staff you feel comfortable with, who will be able to assist you in finding out about the service. If you would prefer to contact the counsellor independently you can call or e-mail Kim Parish who is the Student Counsellor at Reading College: telephone: 0118 955 4509 or e-mail: email@example.com
Counselling - Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of problems can I talk to a counsellor about?
If something is troubling you it may be worth spending time thinking about this. Frequent issues people bring include:
- Relationships with family, friends and partners
- Physical, emotional, sexual abuse
- Sexual issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Problems with coursework and exam stress
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Alcohol and drug problems
- Bullying and harassment.
This is in no way an exhaustive list.
Does anyone else get to know the things we talk about?
Counselling is confidential. This means that what you say in a counselling session stays between you and the counsellor. The counsellor will not say anything to anyone else such as friends, tutors, managers, doctors, family or colleagues. There are, however, just a few exceptions to this, which the counsellor will inform you of in your first session, but these exceptions are usually in extreme cases where someone is at severe risk.
How much time will I spend in counselling?
Generally sessions are held weekly and are 50 minutes long but if for any reason this is not appropriate for you then the counsellor will be happy to meet you and discuss options regarding length and frequency of sessions. The amount of sessions you may have will also be discussed with the counsellor.