University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service (Kings Buildings Campus & Moray House)

Some people particularly struggle with finding the language to express how they feel. They are uncomfortable talking about what they perceive as failure, and find it hard to know where to turn to when it becomes impossible to ignore disturbing feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms.

Counselling is designed to be a safe environment where you can be as frank as you want to be about what you are facing. Working with a professional counsellor gives you the opportunity to talk, listen and express yourself without being judged.

We don’t share the details of your sessions – or even the fact you are in counselling - with anyone else.

Before we can give you an appointment, you need to self-refer using our secure online form. No-one else can refer you to our service. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an automated email confirming your referral.

Once we’ve processed your referral, we will get in touch offering you an assessment at a time you have indicated you are available.  We normally call or email you (whichever you prefer) within a few days and offer an appointment within two weeks, often less.  Emails will be sent to your University email account.

This appointment is a chance to talk  about your main issues and the reasons you would like counselling.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will ask you to fill in a short form about how you have been feeling over the previous week, known as the CORE questionnaire (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation). This takes about five minutes,

We use it as a research tool to make sure our service is doing the best we can. Any information taken for research purposes is anonymised.  We also use it to measure current wellbeing and risk. This helps us provide the best service for students. However, you don’t have to fill this in if you don’t want to - and this won’t affect you using the Service.

At the end of your assessment, you and the counsellor will decide what the best steps are.  Normally one or more of the following:

  •  recommendations for self help
  • a referral to another University service
  • up to four sessions of counselling
  • a referral to an external service

If you are offered counselling, you’ll be given further appointments at a suitable time. These can be rescheduled within reason, but if you repeatedly cancel you may lose your slot.

At the end of your counselling or therapy sessions, you will discuss the next steps. If you filled in the CORE questionnaire at the start of your sessions, we will ask you to fill it in again at the end.

**As well as at the Kings Building, we also have this Counselling Service available at Paterson's Land, Moray House, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ


Member of Professional Body

The University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Referral Criteria & Process

Our self referral form asks for key information about you so we can get you the most appropriate help. Before making a referral, you may find it useful to look at some of our self-help resources and the page outlining the counselling process.You will also find it helpful to read our policy on confidentiality, data protection and cancellations. Before we can give you an appointment, you need to self-refer using our secure online form. No-one else can refer you to our service. You need to be a matriculated student to access the form. You will be prompted to log in if you haven’t already: https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling/services/one-to-one-therapy/self-referral-form If you aren’t able to access our form, please call us. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an automated email confirming your referral.

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Last Updated: 30/04/2018

Kings Buildings Campus
Weir Building
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9 3JY

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