Counselling services

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If you are feeling low, confused or stressed, you might find counselling helpful. Together with an experienced counsellor, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss anything that is troubling you, from academic worries to mental health issues and personal relationship problems. This free service is open to all students and delivered in a safe and confidential environment with a qualified and impartial counsellor.

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Due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions the counselling team are working online, and offering limited number of face to face sessions. To make contact please email counselling@perth.uhi.ac.uk or contact the counsellors directly using the email addresses below.

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Weekly Counselling Drop-ins

Weekly Counselling Drop-ins

We offer online or face-to-face drop-in sessions. Drop-in can be used to find out more about counselling and the service so that you can make an informed decision regarding whether counselling is right for you. The counsellors can also then work with you and if there are any other external agencies that would better support your needs they can look to make recommendations or support you to refer.

If you are interested, all you need to do is email the counsellor below who’s available timeslot suits you best. Let them know which method of drop-in you would prefer, either online (phone of VC) or face-to-face, and they will book you an individual slot. Appointment slots will be a minimum of 30 minutes each, are 1:1 and are private and confidential.

Zoe between 3-4.30pm every Wednesday: zoe.powell.martin.perth@uhi.ac.uk
Claire between 2.30-4pm every Thursday: claire.nelson.perth@uhi.ac.uk

We would ask that as there is no access to a waiting area at present that you arrive on time for your session, if you do want to arrive early then the college canteen on the first floor can be used, please then return to the reception area at your scheduled session time and your counsellor will meet you there.

You are required to wear a face mask on entry into the counselling room, unless you are exempt from wearing one.  Face masks can be removed once you are seated as there is a Perspex stand between the seats in counselling rooms.  Hand sanitiser will be offered on entry.  Please be assured that all seats, tables and communal areas are wiped down between sessions and windows are opened to air the room.  Tissues are available within the room.  We would ask you to bring your own water with you at present.

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Scheduled Sessions

Scheduled Sessions

We will contact you to offer you an initial meeting to see if counselling is suitable for you. If it is, you will be offered up to 6 sessions, each 50 minutes long.  Our counsellors won’t look to give advice, instead they will look to work with you to explore the problems you are experiencing, decide what you want to get from the sessions, and help you find the way forward you want for yourself.

Counselling sessions are private and confidential and any notes taken during or after sessions will be stored according to the most recent GDPR regulations and stored securely.

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Online Sessions

Online Sessions

The University of the Highlands and Islands also offers an online counselling service, find out more about this service here.

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What we expect from you

What we expect from you

We expect you to make a serious commitment to counselling, arriving on time for your appointment and giving us as much as possible notice if you are not able to attend.  If you have any questions for your counsellor we encourage you to discuss these and so you can get the most out of your sessions.  Counselling can be hard work, you may be discussing your feelings and emotions and we realise that for some people this is not what they are used to.  We want you to know your counsellor will be with you every step of the way and we acknowledge your journey.

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Crisis Support

Crisis Support

If you are having a mental health crisis right now, find numbers you can call for help.

View and download the list of NHS Tayside Support Services

Download the UHI list of support helplines

 

Samaritans

Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support – 24 hour service. Call: 116 123

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse for Perth is a non-profit organisation providing a place of safety for people who are at crisis point of self-harm/suicide. Call 0800 121 4820. For crisis support email: help@lighthouseforperth.org

SHOUT

Do you need help now? This crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text SHOUT to 85258.

Breathing Space 

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone service for anyone experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call: 0800 83 85 87

mind

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

SAMH

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.  

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Togetherall

Togetherall

Togetherall is a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly.

Professionally trained Guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. In addition to the online community, you will have access to a wealth of useful resources and can work through tailored self-help courses covering topics such as anxiety, sleep, weight management, depression and many more.
Contact details

To self-refer, or to find out more, please contact us counselling@perth.uhi.ac.uk.

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Our Counsellors

The Counselling Service is made up of 2 full-time counsellors Zoe Powell-Martin and Claire Nelson. Both Zoe and Claire are registered members of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework.

To self-refer, or to find out more, please contact us counselling@perth.uhi.ac.uk.

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Claire Nelson

Student Counsellor
MBACP
07920703894
claire.nelson.perth
@uhi.ac.uk

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Zoe Powell Martin

Student Counsellor
MBACP
07385029887
zoe.powell.martin.
perth@uhi.ac.uk