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Counselling

We are here to help you gain as much as possible from your time at university. We aim to offer you access to counselling if you are experiencing problems of a personal or emotional nature which may be interfering with any part of your life, not just issues to do with your studies.

"I got more from my counselling than I was expecting. It could not have been improved in any way. Having someone independent helped me to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. I am more confident and rational. I worry less and know how to stop things building up." (S, Business and Law)

How we can help you

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who is impartial and separate from work, social and family life.

We do not aim to solve your problems for you; our aim is to help you find and activate your own resources to resolve your difficulties.

Counselling may enable you to make some changes in your life. It can also help you to come to terms with what you can't, or don't want to change.

Click here for information on making appointments and ways to get in touch.

Your responsibility

If you cannot attend, please cancel and give us at least 24 hours notice if possible as we can then offer your space to another student who needs it. If you miss an appointment it is important that you contact the service within 48 hours. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you no longer want appointments. You can, however, request counselling again in the future. It is likely that we will get in contact with you a few weeks after counselling has ended and ask if you are willing to complete an evaluation survey. If you have any access needs please let us know.

Service eligibilty

Our normal offer is up to 6 appointments and 1 or 2 episodes of counselling or life coaching during your time at university.  Any offers made above that are at the professional discretion of the counselling team/team leader. Normally appointments are the same time each week, but alternative arrangements could be possible through discussion with your counsellor/life coach. The Counselling and Wellbeing team are committed to working in partnership with students. By applying to the service you are however agreeing to abide by the professional judgement of the counsellors. This may in a small number of instances mean that it is not deemed appropriate to provide you with a service, or to provide you with a smaller number of sessions than you request. If another service is more appropriate to your needs you will be signposted to alternative provision.

Did you know?

 
  • Last year more students found out about our service through friends than ever before
  • 99 per cent of students who came for counselling at DMU also year said they would recommend the service to a friend
  • Attending counselling will not go on your university or GP records, unless you want this. Find out more about our policy on confidentiality
  • The majority of students attending counselling say that it has helped them get back on track with their studies. Many students also say that it has been an important factor in helping them to stay on their course 

Common questions about counselling

I'm not sure what my problem is. Can I still come for counselling?

Yes, counselling will help you explore and clarify whatever is troubling you.

How many sessions will I have?

75 per cent of students have five sessions or less and some only need a single session depending on need. This will be discussed with you by your counsellor at your first appointment.

What if I am unable to keep or fail to attend my appointment?

Please read the section above on your responsibility.

Will anyone outside of the counselling service know I am coming for counselling?

Not unless you tell them. Counselling is confidential except in exceptional circumstances. If you would like to know more read our policy on confidentiality.

Open Mind NHS - (IAPT)

Are you registered with a GP in Leicester city and think you have mild to moderate symptoms of depression or anxiety, which can impact on your functioning and wellbeing?

Open Mind are here on campus on Tuesday mornings and can provide information, advice and guidance in relation to anxiety and depression. To find out more about the range of services, call 0116 2927010 and quote "DMU"; or complete an online self-referral form: www.iaptportal.co.uk/leicself.html, quoting "DMU" in the referral information section.

Students can access an assessment of their needs, either on the phone or face to face with the option of further treatment offered by Open Mind. This support is aimed at students who are experiencing mild to moderate common mental health difficulties.

Counselling application form

Please go to mygateway for our application form and ways to book appointments.

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