Counselling - What is it and how can it help?
All students, in fact everyone, can find that there are times in their life when they have unhappy, confused or overwhelming feelings. Sometimes these feelings can be connected to specific problems and at other times we may not even know why we feel the way we do. For most of us, it can help to talk to someone outside our immediate family and circle of friends. All Falmouth University and University of Exeter students in Cornwall have access to mental health practitioners and professionally trained counsellors.
Our Wellbeing workers promote better mental health across the student community and will support you if you are experiencing anxiety, stress and have other mental health problems which are affecting your studies.
Counsellors can help in many ways. They may just listen, because speaking out loud about your problems can help you put you thoughts in order. They may also come up with options which you may or may not have considered and they will certainly help you to examine these options carefully. Counsellors will never tell you what to do, just explore what you can do in order to help cope with your current situation.
The Counselling team
• Maryam Best
• Karen Jackson
• Jeni Scargill
They are all fully-qualified Counsellors and accredited members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
We can help:
- resolve specific problems
- make decisions
- help with phobias
- low self-esteem
- conflict with others
- and many other issues affecting emotional and mental wellbeing
Issues with academic progress
Sometimes it can be helpful to let counselling staff know if you are having problems which may affect your academic progress on your programme of study. We can often negotiate deferral of assessment points, intermitting or repeating years with your course leader or tutor, but only with your consent. We can guarantee that confidentiality remains paramount, and that any contact with other staff would only be made if you wanted it to happen.
How to make an appointment with our Wellbeing team
To make an appointment with our Wellbeing team (Wellbeing Practitioners or Counselling) please contact the Compass. Any information you provide will be treated confidentially and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
Compass Online: compass.fxplus.ac.uk
Telephone: 01326 370460