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Counselling Service

The counselling service is an important part of the services offered to students to support them while they are studying. If offers confidential support to all members of the College, both students and staff.

What is Counselling

Counselling 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 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 the counsellor

The counselling service has a base at each of the College Centres. You can contact the counsellors yourself on their mobile phones by text message or by calling Paula on 0750 644 6455, or via email at: paula.crosby@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 apprentice and workbased 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.