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Introducing our new College Counsellor

19 January 2017

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Our new College Counsellor is Jemima Marriott. Please read on for more information about the counselling service and how Jemima might be able to help you, if you are an MPW student.

Who is counselling for?

Counselling is available to all students, and Jemima is offering ‘one off’ Drop-In sessions or long-term repeated appointments.

What is counselling for?

Counselling can offer you a space in which to explore any difficulty you may be having in your life. If you are worried, down or confused, talking things over can help you to make sense of how you feel and find new ways of dealing with problems, without being judged or told what to do. Counselling is not about being given advice but rather helping you to find your own answers and gain more control in your life.

Examples of issues you might bring to counselling include:

  • lack of confidence or low self-esteem
  • issues around sex and sexuality
  • family problems
  • loneliness/ feeling homesick
  • worries about appearance
  • eating problems
  • self-harm
  • stress and anxiety
  • making difficult decisions
  • bereavement and loss
  • traumatic experiences
  • depression
  • managing change and transition
  • anything that is causing difficulty in your life.

Is it confidential?

Yes. Nothing you say will be shared with anyone else without your permission. The only exception to this rule is if you or someone else is in danger. Jemima will clearly explain the limits of confidentiality in your first session.

What happens at the first appointment?

You will be told a bit more about the service and asked a few questions about what is troubling you, your history and what you hope to get out of counselling. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

How long does counselling last?

If you decide to arrange further sessions after your initial appointment you will usually be offered a minimum of 10 sessions. You will then begin weekly sessions at the same time every week. Sessions last 45 minutes.

Where is the Counselling Service and how do I get an appointment?

The Counselling Service is based at the Harrington Road building; H1.41- first door on the top floor.

The service is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-5pm.

If you would like to book an appointment to see Jemima or if you have any questions then contact her by email on or speak to your DoS.