What is talking therapy?
Talking therapies such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) provide a safe and confidential space for you to discuss your problems with an accredited and highly trained professional therapist.
In therapy, you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
Your therapist will listen and try to understand in a non-judgmental way. Sometimes the therapist may gently challenge you, but will always respect your values, choices and lifestyle.
Your therapist will not tell you what to do or prescribe medication. Instead, therapy can help you find your own way forward – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding better ways of coping with your problems.
To get the most out of therapy, it’s important to have a clear idea of your goals. You'll also need the time and motivation to attend regular sessions and to do some work between sessions.
How to access talking therapies
If you think you might benefit from talking therapy, you first need to arrange an initial consultation with one of the University’s Wellbeing Advisers. This is your first step to accessing the right support for you.
What happens next?
If the outcome of your initial consultation is a referral for therapy, you can expect to be contacted by your therapist and offered a first appointment within two weeks.
We provide short-term therapy of up to six sessions in most cases. This is usually enough to help you start moving forward with your life.
You will work either with one of our in-house therapists or a therapist from one of our partner organisations.
Therapy sessions can take place in person or remotely using Microsoft Teams. We will try to accommodate your preference but will offer an alternative if it will allow you to access therapy more quickly.
Courses and workshops
Working with the University’s Mental Health Advisers, we also offer a range of courses and one-off workshops to help you manage and overcome mental health difficulties and develop your emotional wellbeing.
You’ll be introduced to new ideas that can help you change how you approach your problems and learn new skills for building resilience and wellbeing. We aim to help you find the right tools and support to overcome whatever is holding you back so you can get on with doing what matters to you.
Other kinds of help on offer
The University offers art, gardening and exercise programmes to help you improve your mental health. You can also access Wellbeing support.