What is the RGU Counselling Service?

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Many people say that university can be the best four years of your life. Though this can be true, for some people University can be a big change for them personally and academically. This then might at times bring on stress and other difficulties. There are going to be some times when you might need some support or even just somebody else to talk to. 

First semester of any year at university can be filled with trying to make friends, socialising, studying and working hard or even just getting back in to the routine of university life but have you taken the time to look after yourself? If you realised you maybe haven’t then second semester can be that time to do so.

At RGU there’s a Student Counselling and Wellbeing Centre that has Counsellors and a Student Wellbeing Advisor who can talk over issues that may be concerning you. This could include things such as adjusting to university life, having anxiety, family issues and even exam stress. 

It can sometimes take a bit of a push from somebody or having the confidence in yourself to go seek help. Even the word “counselling” can sound a bit daunting. However it’s not as scary as people may think.

Whether you’re having any big or small issues you can make an appointment. At the first appointments you will meet with the Student Wellbeing Advisor, who will assess your needs and offer you practical and emotional advice. In some circumstances she may then refer you to a Student Counsellor.

They’re there to listen and provide you with the time and space to talk about your concerns, to reflect upon these and understand the difficulties better. You can go to see the counsellor as many or as little times as you feel like is needed.

So if you feel like you’re needing any help you can make appointments by phoning them on 01224 262120, e-mail them at counselling@rgu.ac.uk or go to the Student Help Point in the Faculty of Health & Social Care Building, level 3.

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