Counselling services


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What is counselling? content

What is counselling?

What is counselling?

Counselling offers you a safe caring, supportive and non[1]judgemental space where you can discuss and explore your thoughts and feelings about any issue which concerns you. This might include issues of loss, bereavement, trauma, stress, self-harm, anxiety, academic issues, depression, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, drinking, drugs, sexuality, loneliness, relationship difficulties and harassment. We can also focus on areas such as personal development and building upon your life skills so that you can use them to the best of your ability. It is about listening to you and helping you find the way forward you want for yourself, whatever challenges or difficulties you are experiencing.

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Why should I consider Counselling?

Why should I consider Counselling?

UHI Perth offers a free confidential face-to-face or online counselling service to all UHI Perth students. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things over with a professional counsellor, rather than friends and family.

Counselling can help you to…

  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • Find solutions to life’s problems.
  • Develop a better understanding of other people’s points of view.
  • Make sense of things.
  • Understand yourself and your problems better.
  • Resolve complicated feelings or find ways to live with them.
  • Recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act and find ways to change them (if you want to).
  • Explore the way you’re thinking or feeling further.
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Making an Appointment

Making an Appointment

If you would like to explore counselling further, please call in person to the Student Support Hub, attend a Counsellors Information Session or email: We will email you in the first instance to your college email with an application for counselling. You can either choose to fill this in on your own and send it back to us, or you can request an appointment with one of our counsellors who can assist you with completing you application. 

Once we have received your completed application and it has been reviewed, the counselling service will be in touch when they are able to offer you counselling sessions. If there is a current waiting list, you will be notified of this and be given some alternative support options until you are able to be allocated to a counsellor. You will be offered up to six further sessions lasting 50 minutes each. Sessions are usually scheduled at the same time every week, at a time convenient to you but we can be flexible about this. If we decide, at this first meeting, counselling is not the right option, for you, we will try and signpost you on appropriately to other sources of help and support.

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Groups and Workshops

Groups and Workshops

Understanding Me

Psycho-educational workshops, open to all students.

We aim to develop self-awareness and insight, increase self-confidence through learning, sharing and supporting.

Topics will include:

  • Emotions & Feelings
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety

If you are interested in attending, please email

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Creative ME Group - Drawing for wellbeing

A friendly, therapeutic space to explore thoughts and feelings through drawing. 

Not an art lesson or art therapy.
No skills needed and materials are supplied.

To register interest, please email

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Weekly Counselling Information Sessions

Weekly Counselling Information Sessions

We offer online or face-to-face information sessions. These 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 information session 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.

Annie between 11am-12noon every Tuesday:

Claire between 11am-12noon every Thursday:

If neither information session day or time suits you, please email and we will organise a drop-in time to accommodate you.

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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.


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

The Neuk

We are a local service specifically designed to support people in crisis through a "one stop shop".

Call: 01738 718070  Email:


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


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

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UHI Online Counselling Service

UHI Online Counselling Service

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


Our Counsellors

The counselling service is made up of 1 full-time counsellor Claire Nelson (Monday-Friday) and 1 part-time counsellor Annie Garrigan (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). All are registered members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework.

To self-refer, or to find out more, please contact us

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Claire Nelson

Student Counsellor

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Annie Garrigan

Student Counsellor
07385 433513