Counselling for students

Becoming a student at college or university means stepping into a period of change and personal growth and development; it can be scary, challenging, exciting, frustrating, confusing and fantastically great fun all at once.

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Making our own way in the world

When we make the transition from school to college or university (or to a first job for that matter), we enter the next stage of becoming an adult; a person in our own right with the power and responsibility to make our own decisions about our lives. From schooldays, when many decisions were made for us, we have to become more independent and self-motivated. This can be a huge challenge for many people.

We also have to learn the practicalities of living independently; making ends meet, taking care of our physical and mental health, learning how to make our way in the world.

Figuring out who we are

It can also be a time of experimentation, as we try to work out who we are and what we want out of life; for some people, that may mean experimenting with drugs or alcohol, for some it might mean experimenting with sexual behaviour – perhaps having multiple partners, or agonising over whether we might be gay, straight or bisexual etc.

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We want to fit in with the crowd, but also assert our own individuality – a difficult balancing act. We want to break free from our childhood family, and yet we may need them to support us emotionally or financially – how do we find a happy medium?

Why choose me as your counsellor?

I’ve worked extensively as a counsellor with students and young people aged 18-25, from my time as a counsellor for Portsmouth University Student Counselling Service. I recognise that these years can be very difficult for some people. Short term counselling (for example, between 6 and 8 sessions) may be all that’s needed to help you work through some of the difficulties you find yourself facing.

The link between counselling and learning

One thing I learned from my experience as a counsellor working with students is that when you’re already in a learning environment (such as college or university or recently left school), you are already ‘primed’ to learn from the counselling process; counselling at its most fundamental is about learning new skills, new ways of behaving, thinking and feeling. As a student, you’re already very good at learning so counselling may be very helpful for you.

Please contact me today if you’d like to book a no-obligation consultation session to see whether counselling might be right for you. I charge £40 per session if you have a valid student ID card or you’re aged between 18 and 21.