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Counselling

Counselling

Making the journey through higher education can be hard sometimes. So if you ever feel like you need a bit of extra support, we can offer professional therapy and help away from your day-to-day environment. It’s all confidential, and completely free too.

We can help you:

  • Express feelings and come to terms with past experiences
  • Unravel unhealthy patterns of behaviour and thinking
  • Manage anxiety, depression and stress
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Understand how to have more control in your own life
  • Improve communication
  • Become more realistic in setting goals
  • Overcome blocks to learning.

Whatever you’re worried about, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you.

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Making appointments

 

Our services are arranged by appointment. When you first come and see us we’ll ask you to fill in a ‘first contact form.’ Once you’ve done that, we’ll offer you a meeting date and time for your first appointment.

We’ll arrange appointments to try and fit in with you as much as possible. To protect your privacy and keep things confidential, appointments can only be made by you or by someone who has your express permission and agreement.

The Counselling Service is on the First floor of the North Wing, High Wycombe (N1.12)

Email: counselling@bucks.ac.uk

Phone: 01494 605018

Other sources of help

 

Emergency Services

Remember, in an emergency call 999 – if you need to reach the emergency services for any other purpose, please use the numbers below. Thames Valley Police Tel: 0845 850 5505

High Wycombe Hospital Tel: 01494 526 161

NHS Direct 24-hour nurse helpline Tel: 0845 46 47

 

General Counselling

Counselling Directory

Find private counsellors and psychotherapists near you, as well as information and articles on the different types of counselling available, and articles around specific topics including depression, anxiety, abuse and relationship issues.

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Chiltern Samaritans 24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis. National Helpline: 08457 909 090 (24 hours)

Marlow Pastoral Foundation Counselling around relationship difficulties, sexual and physical abuse, mental health, bereavement and other emotional problems.

Tel: 01494 440199 number for ‘South Bucks Counselling’

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am-9pm

 

General Advice and Support

Citizens Advice Bureau Tel: 01494 449 805

Youth Enquiry Service Information, advice, counselling and support for young people including advice about rights, accommodation, money problems, relationships and pregnancy. There is a sexual health service here and you can access the accommodation register and rent deposit guarantee scheme (for people aged 18+). Tel: 01494 437373

 

Mental Health Support

Healthy Minds

Mental Health support and NHS Talking Therapies in Buckinghamshire

http://www.healthymindsbucks.nhs.uk/

 

Saneline

Coping with mental illness Tel: 0171 724 8000

The Dove Centre (Aylesbury) Tel: 01296 393 831 Email: dovecentre@bucksmind.org.uk

The Wycombe Counselling Service (High Wycombe) Email: wcs@bucksmind.org.uk

 

Sexual Health and Abuse Support

Wycombe Rape Crisis (Counselling and support for female survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse) Tel: 01494 513 823 Helpline: 01494 462 222 (24-hour answer phone)

Brook helpline (Sexual health information and support) Tel: 0800 0185 023

Careline (24-hour help on mistreatment or abuse) Tel: 0800 137 915 British Pregnancy Advisory Service Tel: 0845 730 4030 LIFE (Pregnancy and abortion counselling) Tel: 01494 448 544 Sexwise helpline Tel: 0800 282 930 Family Planning Clinic (High Wycombe) Tel: 01494 526 161

 

Addictions Alcoholics Anonymous (Thames and Chiltern) Tel: 01628 530 055 Tel 24-hour service: 07000 121 200

Gamblers Anonymous Tel: 020 7384 3040 Frank - National Drug Helpline Tel: 0800 776 600 Stop smoking helpline Tel: 0800 022 4 332

 

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care Tel: 01494 722 515 (High Wycombe) Tel: 01494 511 117 (Chilterns)

LGBT Support and Advice

Stonewall The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity with advice on coming out, discrimination, rights, and support networks

Info Line: 08000 50 20 20 (Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm)

Other support services

Eating Disorders Association B-eat provides a helpline for adults and young people, online support and a UK wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorders. B-Eat – for Adults: 0845 634 1414 Victim Support Support and Advice for any victim of a crime Tel: 0845 30 30 900

Counselling sessions

 

After you’ve got in touch, we’ll set up an initial session for you to meet a counsellor. On your first session, your counsellor will listen carefully to the difficulties you are experiencing. In most cases, we’ll offer counselling for up to six sessions after your first appointment. We might recommend some further options as well, such as referrals to specialist agencies, or visiting your GP depending on the issues you are going through.

All counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. Please arrive on time as your counsellor will be working to an appointment system, so if you arrive late your session will have to be cut short. If you can’t keep an appointment please give us at least 24 hours’ notice if possible, so that someone else can have that appointment time. If you don’t let us know then we will count the missed session as a full session, and you might have to wait for another one depending on availability.

Appointment times

 

High Wycombe Campus

Monday to Friday - 9.15am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm

Uxbridge Campus

Mondays and Thursdays

Out of term time please contact us in advance for appointment times, as they are subject to change.

Confidentiality

 

Confidentiality is key to the counselling process. Information you give us in your initial contact form will be used to make sure we run the counselling service as efficiently as possible. We’ll keep notes and records, but they will be completely confidential.

All counsellors have a supervisor who monitors the quality of their work. Supervision is carried out in a confidential way, and we do everything to make sure you receive the best possible professional care at all times.

The information you give us in your initial contact form will be used to make sure we run the counselling service as efficiently as possible. We’ll keep notes and records, but they will be completely confidential.

The Counselling Team

 

The counselling service team consists of:

  • Accredited counsellors and registered psychotherapists
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Qualified counsellors and trainee counsellors.
Contact us

If you would like to make an appointment you can contact us in the following ways:

Come to us directly on the 1st floor of the North Building (N1.12)

Phone: 01494 605 018

Email: counselling@bucks.ac.uk