Heriot Watt University Counselling Service (Edinburgh Campus)

Being a student can be a very positive experience but it can also bring a variety of challenges. We know that the pressures of studying and being in a new environment can impact on your relationships, finances and general wellbeing, and that this can sometimes feel overwhelming.

We can offer you counselling, support and information to help you deal with the difficulties you may face while studying with us.

If you are facing difficulties and are unsure how to deal with them, or are struggling to cope with any aspect of your life, you could find that talking things over with a professionally qualified counsellor can help. We are trained to be non-judgmental, reflective, and respectful of individual differences. Counsellors do not give advice, but help you to explore your situation, and your options, so that you can think about how you want to proceed.

We are able to offer a clear space for you to consider the challenges that you are facing. There are no limits to what is considered to be an appropriate issue, but in some circumstances we can help you to access other more specific services, if that would be helpful.

We try to offer a flexible and timely service so that you can be seen when you most need our support. This means that you will usually be offered an appointment within 2 weeks of contacting us, and can discuss with your counsellor the number of sessions that you will have.

Member of Professional Body

All of our counsellors are trained and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Referral Criteria & Process

To make an enquiry, please email studentcounselling@hw.ac.uk To make an appointment, visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/students/health-wellbeing/edinburgh/counselling/appointment.htm to complete our online referral process. Please complete all of the fields fully, as this will feed directly into our waiting list and ensure that we can offer you a suitable appointment as quickly as possible. There are 3 questionnaires alongside the referral form, and these are used to help assess your health but are not mandatory. All information is held securely, and complies with our Confidentiality guidelines and BACP professional code. In order to continue with your referral, you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions In the first instance you will be offered a 30 minute assessment appointment, where you can find out about a range of support options and may be placed on the counselling waiting list. Please ensure that you watch out for Student Counselling emails to your Heriot Watt account, as you may be offered an appointment at short notice.


Our counsellors are Carol Murray (Head of Student Counselling and Support), Kenny Boyd, Joanna Kent and Artemis Andreou. They are trained and accredited by the professional body the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. We often have counsellors on training placements within the service, and you are able to express preferences about who you work with.


Our trained counsellors are here to help you with any emotional problems you may experience as a student. You should feel free to contact them at any time about any issue, and it can be important not to leave it until things get really bad. You can also contact us if you have worries about someone else. Some of the common emotional problems which our counsellors are used to working on with students include: Alcohol and drug use; Anger management; Anxiety, Appearance - worry about; Bereavement and loss; Childhood sexual abuse; Depression; Eating problems; Exam anxiety; Homesickness; Insomnia; Procrastination; Relationships and sexual problems; Sexual misconduct; Sexuality; Suicidal thinking.

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Last Updated: 04/05/2018

Hugh Nisbet Building
Edinburgh Campus
EH14 4AS

Age Groups: (19-25) (25+)
Fees: No

You will not have to pay for any counselling you receive from our counsellors. We provide this service free of charge to ensure that anyone who needs help and support can access it whenever they need to.

Types of Support:
Face to face
Types of Service:
Counselling Centre
Types of Treatment: