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What is counselling?

Counselling is a confidential service which is separate from teaching and assessment and student records.

Many students who have attended the service say it helped them in their personal life, enabled them to deal better with stress and helped them to study more effectively.

Counselling provides a non-judgemental, confidential setting in which to think about things in your own way. The aim is to help you gain perspective and a better understanding of your situation, to enable you to develop a fuller, more rewarding life, and to learn more effective ways of dealing with potential problems in the future.

What to expect from your first counselling session

When is counselling needed?

Coming to university is a time of change. Life at university can be stressful. You don’t have to suffer alone in silence. Counselling can help.

Studying or working within the health professions can be both rewarding and difficult. At times, personal and emotional problems can get in the way of concentration and make it difficult to study effectively. A short period of counselling can be very helpful in finding different perspectives and ways of managing problems.

Clients of the service are encouraged to talk about any emotional or practical difficulties they are facing. Early consultation can prevent difficulties developing into unmanageable problems.

Seeking counselling is an important step but no problem should be considered too small to be brought to the counselling service.

Who can use the service?

We offer a time-limited counselling service available to all undergraduates and postgraduates studying at St George’s. The service is also available to university staff. It is free and confidential. None of the counsellors discriminate on the grounds of sexuality, race nor religion. They aim at all times to be impartial and non-judgemental.

What sort of problems?

Counselling can help you find different perspectives to help manage relationships with friends and family, worries about work and examinations, worries about yourself—in fact anything that causes you stress.

“I’m so grateful this service is available. It guided me through a difficult time and ultimately meant that I remained in higher education and completed my degree” — Student client 

Where is the service?

Level 2, Hunter Wing. Turn left from lifts past Pret-a-Manger and continue to the end of the corridor where you will find counselling rooms on your left.

When is it available?

  • Monday: 9am – 7pm

  • Tuesday: 9am – 6pm

  • Wednesday: 9am – 8pm

  • Thursday: 8am – 7pm

  • Friday: 9am – 7pm

How do I make an appointment?

Currently the online booking chart is unavailable as all the counsellors are working remotely, by phone or Microsoft Teams.

To make an appointment, please fill in the registration form (Word) with some information about the service, and send it back to us at We will then book you in to see the next available counsellor.

Is it confidential?

The counselling service is confidential and separate from teaching and assessment. We do not share any information without your consent including whether you are coming for counselling. The only exceptions to this are if we are seriously worried about safety (yours or someone else’s). 

Who are the counsellors?

  • Valerie Gage
  • Julia Hutchinson

  • Sheila Root

  • Robert Sookhan

  • Amanda Stewart-Harries

  • Leiticia Valles

  • Siobhan Ward


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