Counselling

Making the journey through higher education can be hard sometimes. So if you ever feel like you need a bit of extra support, we can offer professional therapy and help away from your day-to-day environment. It’s all confidential, and completely free too.

We can help you:

  • Express feelings and come to terms with past experiences
  • Unravel unhealthy patterns of behaviour and thinking
  • Manage anxiety, depression and stress
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Understand how to have more control in your own life
  • Improve communication
  • Become more realistic in setting goals
  • Understand unconscious reasons
  • Overcome blocks to learning.

Whatever you’re worried about, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you.

Our services are arranged by appointment. When you first come and see us we’ll ask you to fill in a ‘first contact form.’ Once you’ve done that, we’ll offer you a meeting date and time for your first appointment.

We’ll arrange appointments to try and fit in with you as much as possible. To protect your privacy and keep things confidential, appointments can only be made by you or by someone who has your express permission and agreement.

The Counselling Service is on the First floor of the North Wing, High Wycombe (N1.12)

Email: counselling@bucks.ac.uk

Phone: 01494 605018

Emergency Services

Remember, in an emergency call 999 – if you need to reach the emergency services for any other purpose, please use the numbers below.

Thames Valley Police
Tel: 0845 850 5505

High Wycombe Hospital
Tel: 01494 526 161

NHS Direct24-hour nurse helpline
Tel: 0845 46 47


General Counselling

Counselling Directory

Find private counsellors and psychotherapists near you, as well as information and articles on the different types of counselling available, and articles around specific topics including depression, anxiety, abuse and relationship issues.

counselling-Directory.org.uk

Chiltern Samaritans
24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis.
National Helpline: 08457 909 090 (24 hours)

Marlow Pastoral Foundation
Counselling around relationship difficulties, sexual and physical abuse, mental health, bereavement and other emotional problems.
Tel: 01494 440199 Number for ‘South Bucks Counselling’Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am-9pm


General Advice and Support

Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 01494 449 805

Youth Enquiry Service
Information, advice, counselling and support for young people including advice about rights, accommodation, money problems, relationships and pregnancy. There is a sexual health service here and you can access the accommodation register and rent deposit guarantee scheme (for people aged 18+). Tel: 01494 437373


Mental Health Support

Healthy Minds

Mental Health support and NHS Talking Therapies in Buckinghamshire

http://www.healthymindsbucks.nhs.uk/

Saneline
Coping with mental illness
Tel: 0171 724 8000

The Dove Centre (Aylesbury)
Tel: 01296 393 831 Email: dovecentre@bucksmind.org.uk


The Wycombe Counselling Service (High Wycombe)
Email: wcs@bucksmind.org.uk


Sexual Health and Abuse Support

Wycombe Rape CrisisCounselling and support for female survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Tel: 01494 513 823
Helpline: 01494 462 222 (24-hour answer phone)

Brook helplineSexual health information and support
Tel: 0800 0185 023

Careline24-hour help on mistreatment or abuse
Tel: 0800 137 915

British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Tel: 0845 730 4030

LIFE
Pregnancy and abortion counselling
Tel: 01494 448 544

Sexwise helpline
Tel: 0800 282 930

Family Planning Clinic (High Wycombe)
Tel: 01494 526 161


Addictions
Alcoholics Anonymous (Thames and Chiltern)
Tel: 01628 530 055
Tel 24-hour service: 07000 121 200

Gamblers Anonymous
Tel: 020 7384 3040

Frank - National Drug Helpline
Tel: 0800 776 600

Stop smoking helpline
Tel: 0800 022 4 332


Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 01494 722 515 (High Wycombe)
Tel: 01494 511 117 (Chilterns)


LGBT Support and Advice

Stonewall
The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity with advice on coming out, discrimination, rights, and support networks

www.stonewall.org.uk
Info Line: 08000 50 20 20(Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm)


Other support services

Eating Disorders Association
B-eat provides a helpline for adults and young people, online support and a UK wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorders.

B-Eat – for Adults: 0845 634 1414

Victim Support
Support and Advice for any victim of a crimeTel: 0845 30 30 900

After you’ve got in touch, we’ll set up an initial session for you to meet a counsellor. On your first session, your counsellor will listen carefully to the difficulties you are experiencing. In most cases, we’ll offer counselling for up to six sessions after your first appointment. We might recommend some further options as well, such as referrals to specialist agencies, or visiting your GP depending on the issues you are going through.

All counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. Please arrive on time as your counsellor will be working to an appointment system, so if you arrive late your session will have to be cut short. If you can’t keep an appointment please give us at least 24 hours’ notice if possible, so that someone else can have that appointment time. If you don’t let us know then we will count the missed session as a full session, and you might have to wait for another one depending on availability.

High Wycombe Campus

Monday to Friday - 9.15am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm

Uxbridge Campus

Monday – 3pm, 4pm and 5pm

Thursday - 9am, 10am and 11am

Out of term time please contact us in advance for appointment times, as they are subject to change.

If you would like to make an appointment you can contact us in the following ways:

Come to us directly on the 1st floor of the North Building (N1.12)

Phone: 01494 605 018

Email: counselling@bucks.ac.uk

We keep everything in the strictest confidence, and confidentiality is key to the counselling process. We won’t disclose anything to academic staff or your family, either in writing or verbally, without your permission. In extremely rare circumstances we reserve the right to break confidentiality, but that will only be when there is any risk of harm to yourself or others, or we are made aware of serious illegal activities. Even in these circumstances we would normally seek to speak to you first before contacting anyone else.

All counsellors have a supervisor who monitors the quality of their work. Supervision is carried out in a confidential way, and we do everything to make sure you receive the best possible professional care at all times.

The information you give us in your initial contact form will be used to make sure we run the counselling service as efficiently as possible. We’ll keep notes and records, but they will be completely confidential.

The counselling service team consists of:

  • Accredited counsellors* and registered psychotherapists **
  • Full time triage support
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Registered supervisors, qualified counsellors and trainee counsellors

* British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

** United Kingdom for Counselling & Psychotherapy