What is counselling?

Counselling provides a space for you to talk, in confidence, with a supportive and trained professional, about any concerns that may be worrying or upsetting you.

Life as a post-graduate student can be challenging as well as rewarding. It’s not unusual to feel stressed and overwhelmed at times, particularly when preparing for exams or working to meet deadlines. For many International students the process of adjusting to living and studying in a new environment along with adapting to a different culture can also be stressful and difficult at times.

Counselling can help you explore your feelings in a safe and confidential setting; the process can help you gain a better understanding of your concerns and provide you with support as you consider possibilities for moving forward. Information and guidance regarding self-help resources and onward referral, where appropriate, will be provided.

Students bring a wide range of concerns to counselling, including:

  • Feeling homesick and/or experiencing culture shock
  • Stress related to studies, deadlines and exams
  • Relationship issues with partners, friends, fellow students, family
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Managing anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Feeling lonely
  • Eating issues, self-image

GCU London has an arrangement with The University of Westminster Student Counselling Service to provide confidential counselling for its students. To book an appointment you can either email or telephone to request an appointment. You will be asked to fill out a short counselling registration form‌ and on receipt of this an appointment will be arranged for you. Opening times for the counselling service are 9:30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Counselling support is based at The Luxborough Suite, Marylebone Site, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS. The nearest tube is Baker Street and is easily accessible by taking either the Hammersmith & City, Circle, or Metropolitan line from Liverpool Street Station.

Email: counselling@westminster.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7911 5000 (extension 66899)