University of Bath

Arranging a counselling and mental health assessment

Find out whether you should complete our counselling assessment form and what to expect from your assessment.

Before you fill out the form

If you are a student and are struggling with emotional difficulties, anxiety or low mood and feel you would benefit from some support and advice you can complete this form to request an assessment appointment with us.

After you submit the form

When you have submitted an assessment form to us, a member of our clinical team will review it and organise an appointment for you with an appropriate clinician.

You will get an email with confirmation of your appointment date and time.

We will ask you to come 10 minutes before the appointment to complete clinical questionnaires before your session begins. These are a series of questions that help us to better understand your difficulties and their impact on you. They will also help inform the clinician giving the assessment.

What to expect from your assessment

The assessment appointment is an opportunity for us to better understand your difficulties and identify the most appropriate support for you according to your needs. It is not a counselling session.

Whether you have opted for telephone or face-to-face assessment, the structure will be the same.

The purpose of the assessment is to identify:

  • the reasons that have led you to seek support from us
  • your priorities
  • what you would like to achieve at the end of any support offered

The clinician will ask you a series of standard questions which are designed to help identify the priority problem and what will be most helpful in achieving your goals. They will also ask you standard questions around risk.

At the end of the assessment, the clinician will talk to you about your options, including the support available within our service and - depending on your specific needs - external services or agencies. They may also offer you self-help materials or direct you to other resources.

After the assessment, the clinician will make recommendations and may seek supervision for advice before discussing what options are available.