The Student Counselling team within Student Advisory & Wellbeing are here to support you with your personal emotional and mental wellbeing Emotional problems can get in the way of your studies and life in general. If you find yourself having difficulties you may find it helpful to speak to one of our professionally trained counsellors. To see a counsellor you will need to register with the service and can then book an appointment.
We work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics and Practice and we are a BACP accredited service. You can read our team mission statement here.
What we do
- We are open to all students and provide short term therapeutic intervention to support you in making the most of the academic, social and personal opportunities university life provdes. Our professionally trained counsellors help students from all backgrounds and cultures
- Careful listening is the biggest part of what all counsellors do. They make sure you've defined the problem areas in your own terms, and then help you work out what you want to do next. A counsellor will never tell you what you should do, nor will a counsellor ever make a moral decision about what you should do about any situation.
- Work with other teams in Student Advisory & Wellbeing and colleagues across the university to ensure holistic and proactive health and wellbeing support.
- Issuse students come to talk to us about include: anxiety, bereavement and loss, childhood sexual abuse, depression, disordered eating, exam anxiety, gender, loneliness, panic, post-traumatic stress, procrastination, sexual assault, sexuality, substance misuse, and much more.
How we can help
- At times we all need someone to confide in. Sometimes this is too difficult to do with family, friends or academic staff, so speaking to a counsellor is a good alternative.
- Most problems assume a less frightening dimension once they are aired and then you can gain a new perspective and focus on the real issues
- A clearer view of things may give you increased self-confidence and enable you to free yourself of unwanted thoughts and feelings like worry, anxiety and depression
- The counsellor may be able to make some specific suggestions for ways of helping yourself which you had not considered and then help you put them into practice.
- Read our information sheet for more on how we can support you at Royal Holloway.
How to contact us
- You can visit our reception point in Founder's East, room 140. The office is open Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm.
- For all enquiries you can also email the team or call us on 01784 443128
When to contact other teams for support
- For general wellbeing queries and advice please contact our Student Wellbeing team
- If you are seeking a mental health diagnosis please speak to our GP Surgery (if you are registered with them)
- If you have a diagnosed mental health condition we recommend you register with our Disability & Dyslexia Services team for additional support.
Student Counselling team
- Pat Simpson, Head of Student Counselling
- Dee Raja, Counsellor (& Supervising Counsellor)
- Kenny Aruwa, Counselling Caseworker
- Jenny Chivers, Counselling Caseworker
- Karen Macmillan, Counselling Caseworker
- Nicky Rodgers, Couselling Caseworker
- Victoria Turton-Blyth, Counselling Caseworker
- Helen Beaumont, Counselling Co-ordinator (job share) (Mon, Tues, Wed)
- Faiza Akram, Counselling Co-ordinator (job share) (Mon, Tues, Wed)
The team are also supported by a team of sessional counsellors who provide additional counselling sessions during peak times.