The college has a counselling service to help any student who would like to talk to someone in-confidence.
The service is free, and appointments are made to fit in with class commitments (when possible).
What is counselling?
Counselling is a space in which you can talk about your thoughts and feelings to someone who won’t judge you or tell you what to do.
The counsellor is there to listen and support you in finding and making your own decisions and to help you discover different ways of looking at things and coping with your life.
What happens during counselling?
Your first session is usually a chance for you to share your problems in a safe, confidential space. This session will help you to decide whether counselling is something that you want. If you feel that it could help then further sessions will be offered to you
Counselling sessions are usually 45 to 50 minutes and are held in a private room. During the session you will be encouraged to talk about yourself. Counselling is like having a conversation — It’s a two-way process between you and the counsellor. You don’t have to tell us everything about you and your life, but being open when you feel ready will help you to explore your problems.
Everything you choose to share with the counsellor is strictly confidential. They would only break confidentiality if they strongly feel that you or someone else’s safety is at risk.
Contacting the Counsellors:
L: Learner Services Office CG24
L: Learner Services Office G32
L: Learner Services Office – Room 228
There are some helpful services available outside the College. Some of these may incur a cost. Their details are listed below.
NHS Lets Talk (18+)
Tel: 0800 073 2200
Listening Post (18+)
Stroud Tel: 01453 750123
Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Tel: 01452 754390
Gloucestershire Rape Crisis (Women and Girls)
Tel: 01452 526770
Teens in Crisis +
Tel: 01594 546117
Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 01242 252518
Tel: 08452 03 04 05
Tel: 0845 863 8929
Muslim Youth Helpline
Tel: 0808 808 2008
Tel: 0800 1111
Tel: 0845 30 30 900