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Confidential Counselling Service

Our Counselling Service 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.

Our counselling service is also voluntary, so you won’t be forced 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.

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.

  • 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

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

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.

Book an appointment

Tel: 01472 311222 ext 297 | Email: [email protected]


Main site and Nunsthorpe campus
Monday Tuesday Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:3pm
Wednesday 3:00pm – 5:00pm