The Grimsby Institute European Union Structural and Investment Fund Logo
The Grimsby Institute
  • Counselling Service at the Grimsby Institute

Confidential Counselling Service

Counselling is a process that helps support people with Mental Health or Emotional issues. The basic principles are to help raise awareness in dealing with these issues, allowing choices and opportunities for learners to work towards a more satisfying and resourceful way of life. It is also voluntary i.e. nothing is forced upon you to do anything to which you have not agreed. The counsellor will listen without judgement, applying knowledge and skills to facilitate the process of change for resolving personal issues.

Is Counselling confidential?

Yes it is.
Whatever you talk about within sessions is not revealed to anyone.
Exceptions apply relating to Child Protection issues or serious harm to self or others.
This will be explained more fully in your first session with the counsellor.

What can I talk about?

  • Any form of Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Identity / Gender issues
  • Bereavement / Loss & underlying issues
  • Life transition / Change
  • Relationships
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Confidence / Self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Stress / Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Eating disorders & underlying issues
  • Fears & Phobias / OCD
  • Family issues
  • Exam nerves / course related issues
  • Disabilities
  • Psychosis (thought disorders)
  • Attachment issues
  • Addictive behaviours

Who will I see?

Carole Gibson is the Institute counsellor and is an accredited member of BACP who regulate professional standards to ensure best practice. The BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) is a membership organisation and registered charity that sets standards and provides further information

How are counselling sessions planned?

After your first session (assessment), regular sessions of up to 50 minutes are agreed, usually once a week, though some prefer every 2 weeks if they have a placement to go to. A date and time for each appointment is booked with the counsellor at the end of each session, or a number of appointments can be booked ahead if you need to keep the same time slot.

Please note, Learners are encouraged to continue attending their course during this period and, where possible, should aim to book appointments outside of class contact hours.

The number of sessions can vary depending on individual needs.

Some people find that one session is enough while others may vary depending on type of problem. For example, there are those who find they need much more time to work through particular issues and others who experience various problems at different stages throughout their time at the Institute.

Generally a maximum of six sessions is suggested before we review the effectiveness of counselling and any further sessions that may be required.

To book an appointment

Tel: 01472 311222 ext 297
Contact form: Click Here
Drop-in: before 9:00am Mon /Tue /Thurs, room 0M4 – ground floor media block.
Helplines: Click Here to view other support
Download: Download our Counselling Leaflet here


Main site and Nunsthorpe campus
Mon Tue Thur 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 4:3pm0
Wed 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Skegness campus:
Wed 9:00am – 2:00pm

Latest News & Events

Lewis Sewell charity football tournament raises £581
New technologies explored at Microsoft Roadshow

Other Links

Fuse Newsletter

If you feel unsafe