About the University of Reading Counselling & Wellbeing service
The Counselling and Wellbeing service is part of Student Services based in the Carrington building on the Whiteknights campus.
Counsellors, Mental Health Advisors and Wellbeing Advisors work throughout the year to help students manage a wide range of issues and to ensure that the impact of any problems on their academic progress is minimised.
All staff who work in the service are very experienced and are used to working with students studying at all levels and from all nationalities and cultures. They know and understand the problems that students face and are able to provide valuable and independent support.
Our service is open to all currently registered students (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University and is free of charge.
Meet the team
We are a team of Mental Health Advisors, Counsellors and Volunteers.
Mental Health Advisors and Wellbeing Advisors specialise in mental health conditions, and can advise a student about pathways to NHS or local support, provide direct 1-2-1 support and give practical skills and guidance to help manage day-to-day life at university.
Counsellors and Volunteers help to look into why feelings exist, sometimes finding connections between past events and present-day difficulties. They provide emotional support and assist in identifying patterns of behaviour which can be negative with the aim of enabling more independence around self-care, and allowing more self-awareness.
Do you follow ethical guidelines?
We adhere to the ethical framework or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN).
Extenuating Circumstances forms
If you have used our services and are still finding things difficult, we can write to support an ECF. You may be told to come into Counselling and Wellbeing for an ECF, however we can only support a request, if you have engaged with the service fully.
What do you expect from me?
- Be on time for your appointment. Your appointment will finish at the scheduled time, so being on time is important.
- No mobile phones inside the Counselling and Wellbeing area.
- Abusive and violent behaviour will not be tolerated, you will be asked to leave.
- Counselling and Wellbeing is a non-smoking area, this includes the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping).
- If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will not be seen and will have to forfeit your session.