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Counselling & Therapy Services

East Durham College's counselling/therapeutic service is an essential part of the services we offer to all our students to support them whilst they are studying with us. It's run by EDC staff for EDC students. All staff are fully trained professional counsellors or CBT practitioners.

The Counselling & Mental Health Therapy Service is completely free of charge and offers confidential support to all members of the college community.

Introduction Video to the EDC Counselling & Therapy Service

Contact the Counselling/Therapy Team

No matter what you're going through, don't go through it alone. If you feel you need to speak to one of our counsellors, do one of the following:

  • Contact your Progression Coach directly
  • Contact Student Services
  • Contact the counselling team directly

If you think you'd benefit from counselling or mental health therapy support, you can register with the EDC Counselling & Therapy Team using the Self-Referral Form at the bottom of this page.

You can also contact any one of our counsellors using these phone numbers. Don't feel like you need to call -  we understand talking about things can be difficult, so just sending a text is fine.

Denise Williams: 07506 446 455
Tracey Rowell: 07903 264 421
Lesley Carr: 07903 264 815
Graeme Blench: 07974 657 769

Alternatively, you can also email the counselling team: EDCCounselling@eastdurham.ac.uk

What is Counselling/Therapy?

Counselling/therapy is an opportunity for you to explore and talk about concerns you may have about e.g. a relationship, conflicts, stress, study problems, health, practical issues, money problems etc.

How Does Counselling/Therapy Work

By listening carefully to a person’s concerns a counsellor can help make issues and concerns clear.  The counsellor accepts everyone and is not shocked by issues raised.  This non-judgemental attitude allows people to be open and honest thus expanding the possibilities for change and the routes to changes.  Possible routes to change and problem solving can be discussed.

Other Available Help

The counsellors have links with various outside agencies in the area, and are willing to provide information and assist people seeking help from them.

How to See a Counsellor/Therapist

Any current EDC student can register with the EDC Counselling & Therapy Team using the Self-Referral Form at the bottom of this page.

The counselling service has a base at each of the college centres. You can also contact the counsellors on their mobile phones by text message or by calling 07506 446 455, or via email at: EDCCounselling@eastdurham.ac.uk

You can also book an appointment through Student Services/Reception, your Personal Learning Coach or any member of staff. 

Help for our Apprenticeship and Work-based Leaners

If you have any issues or problems whilst at work, please contact your Assessor or Placement Officer.  If you wish to speak to a college counsellor directly, then contact them using the details above. 

Useful Links

Mind UK

Mind's website has loads of really helpful information.


NHS Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.


Stress and Anxiety Companion App

Recommended by NHS England, this app has breathing exercises, music and games to help calm the users. The free version has some guides, breathing exercises and written guides.



The Headspace app is similar to the app above, though focusses more on meditative practices.


A Part of Me

There is an app aimed at young people that you might find helpful to recommend to those people who are experiencing grief and loss. It is a gentle game that leads people through what happens with loss and assists people in dealing with how they may be feeling.


Whilst the primary audience is 13-16 year olds, the impact report notes it has helped a 17 year old male amongst others.



SafeSpace VR is an app mainly aimed at people who use sensory environments to get a sense of calm. The free version has a couple of environments for you to use, and the paid for version (less than £1) has lots of environments to explore. Great with a VR headset but can be used without one.



With 100,000 free guided meditations you can meditate on InsightTimer for as long as you want without ever paying a penny. Most meditation apps say they’re free but the reality is quite different; once the starter pack finishes they quickly lock you out. InsightTimer offer the largest free library of guided meditations on earth and the world’s most loved meditation.


Suicidal Thoughts Support

If you are struggling and having any thoughts around suicide, don't be silent. Reach out to a college counsellors, a safeguarding team member or somebody you trust today.

In the meantime, please read the leaflet below for more information.

Thinking of Ending it All Leaflet

Counselling Self Referral Online Form