The Ayrshire College Counselling Service is inclusive and available to all students who need therapeutic support. The Student Experience Team can refer students to the counselling service following an initial discussion with the student to understand if counselling is the right option at that time and/or if another support service is required.
This Counselling Service will provide you with a safe and confidential space, where you can explore and understand your thoughts and feelings. Counselling is a process in which you work with your therapist in order to improve your mental health and wellbeing, and gradually make the changes that you want in your life.
You will be allocated up to 6-8 weekly sessions, with each session being 50 minutes long. You may find that you need fewer sessions, or more, and this decision will be mutually agreed with your counsellor. You will have a dedicated time slot allocated to you for the duration of your therapy. You will work with the same counsellor throughout your sessions so that you can build up a therapeutic relationship.
College Counselling is collaborative and will support you with:
A mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
An upsetting physical health condition
A difficult life event, such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
Difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
Other issues, such as sexual identity
If you experience any kind of issue that is causing your emotional pain, it might be useful to explore your concerns in counselling.
College Counselling can take place:
Over the phone
You can choose the option that suits you best.
If you would like more information on the College Counselling Service contact the Student Experience Team:
We would like to support you if you are going through a challenging time or have issues that would be helpful to talk about.