Welcome to the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing service. During your time at UCLan, there may be spells when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, experience difficulties with your health, housing, personal life, or studies. If you feel like this at any point or are finding things difficult in any other way, please access support and advice as early as possible. The CMHW team can help students experiencing a range of difficulties that are affecting their wellbeing. They offer a confidential, professional service, ensuring that students receive personal support, recognising people as individuals, all with different needs.
The CMHW team also provide regular drop-in sessions in the Library Drop-In Zone (located on the ground floor of the Library).
Counselling is a Psychological therapy:
"Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being. In the counselling sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. The counsellor will encourage the expression of feelings and as a result of their training will be able to accept and reflect the client's problems without becoming burdened by them”. (BACP)
The Counselling Service at UCLan is staffed by a team of professionally trained and experienced therapists, who are members of either British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or the British Psychological Society (BPS) and abide by their ethical frameworks for practice.
The Mental Health Advisors offer a free, confidential service to all registered UCLan students throughout the academic year who are concerned about their mental health. They offer assessment appointments, advice and signposting to various services to best meet a student’s needs. The Mental Health Advisors are professionally trained and experienced practitioners who have all previously worked in the NHS, and are members of The University Mental Health Advisers Network. Students can get help from a Mental Health Advisor for a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-injury, hearing voices, suicidal thoughts and eating difficulties.
Wellbeing advisors provide guidance on issues relating to your wellbeing, and our advisors offer support and advice to all students. The advisors provide assessments, follow-up appointments, signposting, and can act as a liaison with both internal and external teams to help support you in your studies.
We offer a confidential, professional service, ensuring that you receive personal support. We recognise people as individuals, all with different needs. Our support service is extensive and we can provide advice in many areas including alcohol and drug use, addictive behaviours, safety concerns, bereavement, stalking and harassment, forced marriage, physical health needs/injuries, victims of crime, and domestic violence.