Counselling

Counselling service

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place where you can talk about any difficulties with someone who will listen to you and accept you as you are, without judging or blaming you. The aim of counselling is to provide you with the opportunity to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.

Meet the team

Jenni Kate  Inge   Ros

(from left to right) Jenni Lake, Kate Williams, Inge Taylor and Ros O'Hanlon 

About the service

Bedford College has a team of four Counsellors who are available term-time only. They are situated within Student Services at Cauldwell Street, Shuttleworth and The Bedford Sixth Form.You can book an appointment at the Student Services Helpdesk, via your Personal Tutor or by:

PHONE: 01234 291911
TEXT: TALK + space + message to 07950080723
EMAIL: counselling@bedford.ac.uk or
DROP-IN: (by face or phone) between 12.30-1.30pm Monday and Friday, 12 - 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Cauldwell Street campus, or telephone 01234 291911 from any campus

How can counselling help?

Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.

It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The Counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.

Counselling can help for many different situations, including:

  • personal and emotional difficulties
  • feeling unable to cope
  • family and relationship problems
  • separation and divorce
  • loss and bereavement
  • major life changes
  • having no one to talk to
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • stress
  • panic attacks
  • worries about drug or alcohol abuse
  • gambling
  • self-harm
  • bullying and harassment
  • anger problems
  • concerns about college
  • personal and emotional difficulties

How the session works

Your first session will be an assessment session where more information is gained from you about yourself and what it is you’d like to talk about. From here you can decide whether you’d like to book further sessions. Sometimes one or two sessions are all that is needed and at other times, weekly or fortnightly sessions, over a few weeks or months are more helpful. It is always your choice whether you want to continue in counselling and, you are free to discontinue at any time.

Sessions usually last for 50 minutes. The College Counsellors work within a professional ethical framework which respects confidentiality. Information, including your attendance, is not normally passed on to anyone else without your permission. This will be discussed more in your first session.

Confidentiality

Counsellors work within a professional framework that requires them to offer you the highest possible levels of confidentiality  This means they will respect  your privacy and it enables you to trust us with stuff that you may never have told anyone about before.  They will not inform your parents/carers or tutors that you are using the service.

However, if your Counsellor is concerned that you or someone else is at risk of harm then they will have to act in line with our safeguarding policy and pass information on to a designated safeguarding member of staff to decide if any further action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of a young person or vulnerable adult.  Your Counsellor will always ask for your agreement before breaking confidentiality and will support you however if you do not agree, they will have to do so without your permission.

Further Information

If you need further details about support groups and agencies, or leaflets on topics ranging from sexual health, mental health, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, we have lots of free information to takeaway or view on this website. View a list of helplines.