Counselling

Geri Cole

Meet our Counsellor, Geri. She's here to listen, not to judge.

Life at college can be rewarding, fun and exciting but it can also be a time of stress and there may be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting your life and studies. The College Counselling Service is one of the support services which are there to help. Our qualified counsellors offer one-to-one, confidential counselling to all enrolled students on any personal concerns or difficulties, whether they involve life in college or outside. There are a number of ways in which counselling can help, such as:

  • Dealing with a crisis or immediate concern
  • Support with longer term difficulties
  • Getting access to specialist help
  • Referring on to other resources

Common issues brought to college counselling include:

  • anxieties about aspects of study, including exams and presentations 
  • general stress and anxiety 
  • depression 
  • relationship difficulties 
  • eating problems 
  • bereavements and parental separations 
  • loneliness
  • lack of self confidence or low self esteem 
  • managing transitions 
  • making difficult decisions 
  • traumatic experiences,  including violence or abuse 
  • difficulties with alcohol or drugs 
  • issues around sex and sexuality 
  • self-injury 
  • suicidal thoughts 
  • anger management 
  • worries about appearance

Counselling aims to give you the time, space and encouragement to explore and understand the issues you bring. The counsellor will be able to help you think about your problems from a different perspective. Their role is to provide you with a safe space in which to reflect upon your situation and help you choose and plan the best way forward for you. 

What happens in counselling?

Sessions with a counsellor usually last for fifty minutes and are held in confidence in a counselling room. Your first appointment will provide an opportunity to explore your reason for coming and will help build a clearer picture of your needs.

Confidentiality

The college counselling service is highly confidential, we do not inform anyone that you have come to counselling or what you have talked about unless we feel you or someone else is at serious risk of harm. This is one of the fundamental aspects of counselling that makes it an effective way of helping whilst also protecting the safety of our students. Any information recorded by the counsellors is for monitoring purposes only, it is kept separate to all other academic records.

If you would like to speak to a counsellor you can attend a drop in clinic for a confidential 10 minute chat to discuss the support you might need.  Drop in clinics run every morning 8.30am-9.00am and on a Tuesday or Thursday lunchtime from 12.00pm until 1.00pm in room C019. You don't need to make an appointment for these. 

You can also contact the counsellor by email on counsellors@chesterfield.ac.uk. Your tutor or progress coach can put you in touch with the service too.

The counsellor is available in college from Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 3:00pm.