Queen Margaret University Student Counselling Service

Counselling is a free service available to all matriculated students. We offer short-term counselling, normally up to four sessions, to help you with any personal problems which might be affecting your academic work or your general health and wellbeing.

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk in private about anything that’s troubling you. It is a completely confidential process where the counsellor will listen carefully to what you have to say and will not judge you or tell you what to do. The aim is to help you understand things more clearly so that you can see for yourself how to deal with things more effectively.

The Counselling Service aims to be welcoming and friendly and it is a good idea to make contact if you feel you’re not coping very well. Counselling is often seen as a last resort and can even be perceived as a sign of failure, but it isn’t. Knowing how to look after yourself is an important life skill, part of which is knowing when you need some extra support or help accessing available resources.

You can also use counselling for personal development, to increase awareness of who you are and how you relate to others, to build self-esteem, and to help resolve issues which might be preventing you from fulfilling your potential.

In counselling you are free to talk about yourself and any issues which are affecting your wellbeing. Some common topics raised by students are:

  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Eating problems
  • Sexual identity
  • Abuse
  • Self harm
  • Academic concerns

Member of Professional Body

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) British Psychological Society (BPS) Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Referral Criteria & Process

To make an appointment, please access the online referral form at https://eforms.qmu.ac.uk/eforms/counselling/ Once you have completed and submitted the referral form you will be emailed an appointment. Alternatively, you can email counselling@qmu.ac.uk. You will be sent a Pre-Counselling Questionnaire which you should complete, save, and return. You will then be emailed an appointment time.


The Student Counsellor is Dr Rhiannon King, an experienced Counselling Psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Sometimes Trainee Counsellors have placements with the Counselling Service. All counsellors work within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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Last Updated: 26/04/2018

Counselling Services
Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
East Lothian
EH21 6UU

Age Groups: (19-25) (25+)
Fees: No
Types of Support:
Face to face
Types of Service:
Counselling Centre
Types of Treatment: