Our Services

The Student Counselling & Mental Wellbeing team offers a range of support and advice for students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or other mental health issues due to personal circumstances or academic pressures. 

Remember to ask for help if you need it. It’s better to do this as soon as you realise things are getting difficult. We are an approachable team, and we want to offer our help, as we know it can make a difference.


What Support is Available?

  • Service Assessment
  • Therapeutic Support
  • Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mental Health Advice
  • Mindfulness
  • Wellbeing Drop-In Advice
  • Mindfulness Drop-ins

Service Assessment

  • After you have registered with the Service, you will be assigned to use our self-booking system on MyFuture where you can book an assessment slot.
  • You will meet with a practitioner, and you can together discuss what support is best suited to your needs. This might be internal or external to the University.
  • Please bear in mind that the Service offer generic support with a Higher Education specialism. Thus, we not able to provide psychiatric support, psychology interventions or specialist therapeutic interventions. However, we will, through the assessment process, endeavour to refer you to suitable alternatives within the community or support your engagement with the NHS.  

Therapeutic Support 

  • The Therapeutic Support (T.S.) is a short-term intervention which focuses on developing coping strategies in a crisis intervention model.
  • Therapeutic Support is suitable when focusing on coping strategies is more advisable then going into more in-depth therapeutic work.
  • T.S. allows you to increase functioning in your day to day life.

Typically, Therapeutic Support is 1 to 3 sessions. 


Our counsellors are here to listen, empathise and support you. We are friendly and approachable trained professionals with a number of tools in our belt to help you find the right coping mechanisms that work for you.

We aim to help you find a way forward when it feels like the world is getting you down. Whether it’s helping to explore, process and set goals (around study or life), navigating experiences new and old, helping you build up emotional resources when dealing with relationship issues, or help you deal with feelings of anxiety or depression.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Are your thought patterns getting in the way of you living your life? You're not alone.

However, the events themselves aren't the things that cause negative emotions, it is how your brain interprets them. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a structured intervention tool that focuses on challenging these thought patterns and behaviours. It helps reframe how you see the world in a way that will help you manage your mental health.

With your permission they can also liaise with other Wellbeing and Inclusion staff, academics, other professional services, external agencies and GPs.

We will offer a first appointment where we will assess your needs together and find the most suitable support either within our team or external to the University. If suitable for counselling we can offer 5 counselling appointments.

Contact counselling@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 2459

Mental Health Advisers

  • Mental Health Advisers offer practical coping strategies and specific wellbeing tasks.
  • They offer therapeutic and emotional support and advice to students with mental health difficulties.
  • When assessed as needed, they can offer support to you throughout your University experience.
  • They can, on occasion, liaise with, e.g. academics, external agencies and your GP.
  • MHAs work in partnership with Disability and Inclusion to provide practical support and reasonable adjustments.

Contact counselling@napier.ac.uk

Email Advice for students abroad

  • If you are an Edinburgh Napier Student who are residing outside of the UK, the Service will offer you email advice and wellbeing information.
  • This is currently due to not being able to safeguard students in the same manner as students in the United Kingdom.

Please email counselling@napier.ac.uk for information about how to access email advice.



  • Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to helping you to address and manage stress and anxiety.
  • Mindfulness is based on traditional meditation practices that help you to stay present in the moment, rather than worrying about the future or regretting the past.
  • Mindfulness is widely used across the globe in many different settings. There is strong research evidence in helping people to better manage stress, anxiety and feelings of depression.

You can access Mindfulness Drop-in sessions as well as signing up for regular Mindfulness programme during term time.

Contact counselling@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 2459

Wellbeing Advice Drop-ins

We run Wellbeing and Mindfulness drop-ins for more information please see our drop-in page.

Report and Support

Report and Support allows anyone who has experienced sexual violence, harassment, or misconduct of any kind to report or disclose incidents to the University. If you've been subjected to any form of misconduct, you can tell us anonymously through Report and Support