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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.

Making an appointment

Please ring or email directly to the counsellor you wish to see:

Carole Gibson – Main site 0M14 Tel: 01472 311222 ext. 5297 Mon Tue Wed Thurs 9-5 and Fri 9-4:30 Email: [email protected]

Amanda Woodhouse – Main site 0M14 Tel:01472 311222 ext. 5415  Mon Tue Thurs: 9:45-4:15 Wed 9:45-4:45 Email: woodho[email protected]

Your tutor, Success Coach or friend, or any member of learner Services team can also contact the service on your behalf if you prefer

Counselling is a process that helps people to deal with and work through Mental Health issues or Emotional problems. The basic principles of counselling are to help raise awareness and facilitate this process 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 assist positive change and self-acceptance.

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

For Main site at University Centre Grimsby are Carole & Amanda

Carole Gibson

Carole Gibson – Clinical Lead
MBACP (Senior. Accredited)
MA Counselling.
CBT Dip.  NLP Dip.
Clinical Supervision Dip.

Amanda Woodhouse

Amanda Woodhouse
MBACP registered
BA (Hons) Counselling.
CBT Diploma

After your first session (assessment), regular sessions of up to 50 minutes are booked, 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 to book appointments outside of class contact hours where possible

The number of sessions can vary depending on individual needs.

Some people find that one or two sessions are enough while others may vary depending on the 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.

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

Samaritans: Confidential emotional support 24/7 for those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings: Grimsby 01472 353111 or any phone for free on: Grimsby 116123

Open Minds: Mental Health Services, Confidential counselling and support:

Grimsby 01472 625100

Single Point Access – for Mental Health please ring 01472 252360

Community Health & Social care 01472 256256

Women’s Aid: Support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse:

Grimsby 01472 575757 Louth 01507 609830 Scunthorpe 01724 28299

National Domestic Violence helpline:

0808 2000 247

Cruse Bereavement Care: Grief and loss: Grimsby & Cleethorpes 01472 814455

Louth 01507 609900

NHS Open Doors Health Centre: 01472 722000

Foundations Drug & Alcohol Service

Queen St, Grimsby DN31 1JA

01472 571200

Doorstep:  Accommodation and support for young people in Grimsby & Cleethorpes Area:

01472 321444

Crisis Home Treatment Team NHS 01472 875285