Counselling

Students at Kent can access a free confidential counselling service at any time during their studies.

What counselling is

Short term counselling is available for students who are experiencing problems such as anxiety, depressed feelings, and emotional difficulties that may or may not be connected to student life.

Counselling offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again. Talking and thinking collaboratively with a trained counsellor often allows for more clarity and new perspectives which can lead to viewing and dealing with things differently.

How it works

Once you have completed the self-assessment form, the counselling team works collaboratively with you through our stepped care model. This allows you to access help efficiently and get the most effective support for your specific needs. Our stepped care model can offer single session therapy (designed to address your immediate issues within one session) or brief counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For many students, a single session can be all that is needed to get back on track and is supplemented by a follow up session to review how things are going. For those students who require further support, brief counselling (up to 5 sessions) will be offered.

Some presenting issues are of a more complex and/or long-standing kind, and may require longer-term/specialist counselling or mental health support. In these cases, we may offer remote follow up sessions whilst offering to refer or signpost to appropriate agencies where possible.

Remote counselling options

Due to the developing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we are currently offering remote counselling via Zoom or telephone. This option may not be suitable for all students, in this case we will endeavour to signpost to appropriate services or will ensure that you are contacted once we are able to offer face to face sessions. 

Alternatively, text-based versions of counselling support is extended for use during the need for social distancing. Please read the E-Therapy guide for more information.

Start counselling

If you decide to take up the offer of remote counselling please contact counselling@kent.ac.uk and you will be emailed relevant forms to complete. We will then contact you with an appointment with a counsellor in which you and your counsellor work together to make sense of your experience, and think together about what might be most useful for you at this stage.

Our counsellors

All counsellors are fully qualified Members of BACP, BABCP, or UKCP, and adhere to ethical guidelines.

All counsellors are committed to practising counselling in ways that are inclusive, accessible and affirming to students from all backgrounds, cultures, races, beliefs, sexualities, abilities and gender identities.

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