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  What is Counselling

At times, everyone suffers from stress, gets depressed, angry, anxious, or confused. Sometimes, a good friend or a relative can help. However, there are times when these problems do not go away or emotions become overwhelming and can have an impact on your studies. These are the times when a Counsellor can help.

​Counselling is a talking therapy in which a student meets with a counsellor in a safe, confidential environment to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they have encountered. Our counselling service offers a non-judgemental and accepting environment by dedicated and qualified counsellors:

  • Provides one-to-one assessment and counselling for up to 5 sessions
  • Short term counselling can include student lead exploration as well as goal orientation. This can include explorations and goals regarding your studies as well as your life in general.
  • Counselling can help with building emotional resilience during periods in a student’s life when they are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
  • Counselling offers a space which allows for support and exploration of personal and relational difficulties (past or present) where the student can develop new resources and coping strategies.
  • Referrals to longer term counselling where appropriate, as well as Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • As a service we can, with the student’s agreement, also look at referral to other support within the community.

The Counsellor will listen to, and try to understand what you are really saying, to accept you and respect your feelings. He or she will not tell you what to do, but help you make your own decisions.

For more information on our service please consult our FAQ

Arranging an appointment with Counselling

The counselling team provide appointments at all three campuses.

How can I arrange an appointment with a counsellor?

If you have any questions or enquiries or would like to book an appointment, please email  


Assessment Appointment

You will be sent an offer of an assessment appointment which:
  • Will last up to 40 minutes.
  • You will discuss with a counsellor why you have chosen counselling and your goals for further sessions.
  • If appropriate, you will then added onto the waiting list for counselling.

Counselling Appointment

Once you are placed on the waiting list, you will be allocated with a counsellor which:

  • Will last up to 5 sessions
  • Will take place at the same time each week with the same counsellor.
  • The counsellor can refer to another service such as external counselling if appropriate.

How quickly can I be seen?

When you register for the service, your email will give you an estimated waiting time. This will be based on the demand for the service and is likely to be a little longer at busier times of the year.

Regardless of the time stated on the email, please get in touch if you ever need to speak to someone urgently. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App