University of Cambridge Counselling Service

University of Cambridge Counselling Service

Information for students thinking about counselling

Do I need to see a counsellor?

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department. For others it is a matter of looking up information about things that concern them, and we have a large section of self-help information on this website – follow the Self Help link here or on the left. But there are times when this isn’t enough and it makes sense to come to the Counselling Service.

Who is the Service for?

The Service is free and available to all undergraduate students in residence and graduate students on the register, including students of the Theological Colleges. Students who are intermitting from their studies may be referred to their GPs or offered a limited service with a view to referral.

Staff of the Colleges may be seen once for assessment and onward referral. More information is available from this link.

Individual and Group Counselling

The Service primarily offers brief counselling, with the majority of students seen for six sessions or fewer. As well as individual counselling, we provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and access to guided self-help, where this is appropriate. Brief counselling and CBT both involve an active, collaborative process, with ongoing sessions or follow-ups scheduled at weekly, fortnightly or longer intervals. This therapeutic approach can be very effective for help with a wide range of personal, developmental and academic-related problems.

In some cases we can offer some longer-term support though this is often in a counselling group.

The Service also offers a variety of topic-specific workshops throughout the year, as well as short-term and longer-term CBT and counselling groups. More information is available from this link. Some of these are specifically designed for undergraduate or graduate students.

Making an appointment

To arrange counselling, please complete a ‘Pre-Counselling Form’ on our secure website. 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, though the information you give us helps us to arrange an appointment with a appropriate counsellor.  It can be submitted securely to the Counselling Service online; you will need your Raven password to use this facility. To access this route, please click on the link below:

Please be aware that the online form requires completion within a 3hr time frame, 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.