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What kinds of problems can I talk to a counsellor about?

There are no hard and fast rules. If something is troubling you it can be worth spending some time thinking about why this may be happening. There are however a number of issues that frequently come up, for example:
  • Relationship difficulties. Family and friends, colleagues, commitment, jealousy, abuse
  • Family issues. Partners, children, parenting, separation and divorce, homesickness
  • Lack of confidence. Worried about failing, never being good enough, feeling judged
  • Depression. Feeling isolated, lonely, empty, tearful, unloved, suicidal.
  • Repeated destructive behaviour. Binge eating, harming yourself, abusive relationships, alcohol, drugs
  • Exam and study stress. Out of control, panic attacks, feelings of inadequacy
  • Bereavement. Loss, anger, loneliness, sadness & depression

The counsellor can also direct you to other services that may be useful to you.

FAQ Topics

Student FAQ Topics

What does the Counsellor do?

What kinds of problems can I talk to a counsellor about?

What do I say?

Will the counsellor give me advice?

Do I have to pay?

What will the counsellor think of me - will they think badly of me for getting into a mess?

How can it be right to be in need of help?

Doesn't asking for counselling mean admitting failure?

What if I still feel ashamed of my problems?

How confidential is counselling?

What are the limits of confidentiality?

Should I be worried about the limits of confidentiality?

Where can I get further information?

Does it work for everybody?

What if I definitely want a male or female counsellor?

Will the counsellor have experienced problems like mine?

Wouldn't I be better to try and sort it out for myself?

What about talking to my friends?

Some people have suggested I just have a stiff drink and pull myself together.

Does seeing a counsellor mean I am ill?

Is counselling like psychiatry?