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College-based Counselling

In addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS), Wolfson College provides a free and confidential College-based Counselling service for all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at the College.

College-based Counselling is organised through the UCS and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department.  Sometimes looking up information about your concerns can be helpful and UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on its website. But there are times when this is not enough and you may wish to speak to the College-based Counsellor in a private setting.

Making an appointment for College-based Counselling

Our College-based Counsellor is available on Mondays and Fridays in office SG5 on the main tutorial corridor, first floor of Bredon House. 

To arrange a counselling assessment appointment at Wolfson, please complete the Student Pre-counselling Form (secure website). On the second page, please ensure you indicate that you are a member of Wolfson by choosing the specified drop-down option.

Note:  You may select the option to attend an appointment either in College or at the UCS.  Selecting this option will ensure that you receive an appointment at the first available location.

The form is intended to be thought-provoking, but you do not need to give long answers; you can also put "I would prefer to talk about this in person" if it is difficult to write about.  The form can be submitted securely to UCS online; you will need your Raven password to use this facility.

Please be aware that the online form requires completion within a 3hr time frame for security, after which it automatically shuts down (you may want to save your data in case the session is close to expiring). We also recommend that you do not send the form from a mobile phone.

In case of technical difficulties, you can also request the form as an email attachment or in hard copy from UCS. You can also download a Word version of the Pre-counselling Form to complete by hand.

Once completed, you can either bring the form to the UCS at Student Services, Bene't Street, Cambridge CB2 3PT or post it via the internal mail (UMS) marked for ‘Reception’.

The information you give will remain confidential within the UCS.

Receiving an appointment offer for counselling

After receiving your form, UCS will send you an email acknowledgement.

As soon as an appointment becomes available, it will be offered to you by email and you will be asked to confirm as soon as you are able.

During peak times, your details may be placed on the waiting list until a suitable appointment becomes available.

If you are unable to attend a first appointment, please let us know as early as possible. We will normally make up to two first appointment offers, based on the availability shown in your timetable. We do our best to accommodate personal and academic commitments, but the more flexible you can be in terms of availability, the more likely you are to be seen promptly.

It is generally accepted by academic staff that students prioritise counselling appointments as they would a medical appointment.

Student Drop-In Sessions with Wolfson College Counsellor

The student drop-in sessions are available to all students at Wolfson College who have concerns about their emotional well-being. The sessions are short appointments, which last for 20-30 minutes with the College Counsellor.  They provide an opportunity for students to talk confidentially about their concerns and to find out more about the emotional support available. 

The sessions will be held in room SG5 and Students can reserve an appointment by emailing UCS Counselling Reception at counsellingreception@admin.cam.ac.uk.  Please ensure that you tell us the name of your College and the time you wish to book.  Reception will then email you to confirm if that time is available.

The appointments will run during Michaelmas Term on Mondays from Monday 28th October until Monday 9th December. There will be 2 time slots each week at 12.30pm and 1.00pm.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for students who are feeling at risk or in crisis. In these situations the student should contact their Tutor, College Nurse or Chaplain who can arrange an appointment with a Mental Health Advisor, or  call NHS 111 option 2 to speak with a Mental Health professional or Samaritans on 116 123.