Welcome to the Counselling Service. The service is available to students at Leeds Metropolitan University. If you would like to talk to us about anything, big or small - whether personal or academic - we'd be happy to see you.
The Counselling Service offers free therapeutic support to all students at City Campus and Headingley Campus who are willing and able to benefit from it.
There are several levels of service available - dependent on your needs.
All support starts at the OPEN DOOR drop-in where you can have a brief one-to-one meeting with a counsellor.
Drop-in sessions cannot be pre-booked and you will be seen on a first come, first seen basis. During term time Open Door can get quite busy and if this is the case you may need to return another time.
Please click on the Open Door link below for details of the times and location.
The Counselling Service at Leeds Met is not a crisis service so in an emergency please contact:
Your GP Leeds Student Medical Practice: 0113 295 4488
Nightline: 0113 380 1381 The Samaritans: 0845 790 9090
Or go to the Accident & Emergency department of your local hospital.
Please also consider the following options:
The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, every day, to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings. Call 08457 90 90 90 or email email@example.com
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre (Dial House) 0113 2954488
The Counselling Service offers therapeutic support to all students at City Campus and Headingley Campus who are willing and able to benefit from it.
The ability to study can be seriously affected when you are having to bottle up difficult feelings. The Counselling Service aims to help you get the most out of your time at Leeds Met, by assisting you to get back to full functioning as quickly as possible.
Anyone who is a student of Leeds Met, be they part time or full time, home or international, whatever age, race or belief, is welcome to use the Counselling Service.
Please read the remaining pages on this site for more information about the service or go directly to 'Opening Times/Locations' for times when you can meet a counsellor.
There are several levels of service available - dependent on your needs. All support starts at the OPEN DOOR (no appointment needed) where you can have a brief one-to-one meeting with a counsellor. This will allow us to assess and respond to your situation.
At the OPEN DOOR your options are:
to sign up for a series of counselling sessions - the majority of students need several meetings
to have a single session of counselling - where there is a decision to make and/or there is a high degree of urgency
to use the service for drop-in sessions - a few people benefit from the informality of occasional meetings
to get information from us about other services, in Leeds Metropolitan University and the community, where you can get help
Monday 14.00 - 15.30
Tuesday 12.00 - 13.30
Wednesday 16.00 - 17.30
Friday 10.00 - 11.30
Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Having difficulty getting started with your academic work?
Then come to our Open Door where you can find out about and be referred for Kick Start:
We also provide consultative support to staff who need it to support their students.Each of the four members of the Counselling Service Core Team takes responsibility for one of the Faculties; to act as Consultant to any individual or group of staff who has 'cause for concern' relating to an individual or group of students where Emotional Health and Well-Being are factors.We offer staff the opportunity to discuss concerns and to reflect on the best course of action in managing the situation.We can also provide follow-up discussion, meetings, staff briefings and sign posting to appropriate training opportunities.We also include staff in our training programme with professional development workshops and support groups. More details can be found here.If you require personal counselling contact the Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 716017.
No. Several students might attend an OPEN DOOR session but your time with the duty counsellor will be in the privacy of a closed counselling room. This is normally your introduction to counselling prior to the allocation to one of the counselling team.
No. The service keeps records but these are independent of the student record system. The service offers confidentiality except in cases where there is risk of harm to self or others or where the law requires it. No-one else need know that you have used the service unless you request it.
Yes. On average, students need about five sessions to work through a problem or difficulty. These meetings are always with the same counsellor; and normally on the same day, at the same time, and in the same place for the duration of the contract. Only two or three counsellors use a flexible meeting system, which enables them to attend to other duties for the service.
Yes. Although there will be some differences in length of experience, all counsellors on the team have trained for at least one year before undertaking therapeutic work with clients. Some counsellors may be extending that training to Advanced Diploma level or beyond but by far the majority have already achieved that landmark and gained several years experience of working with students.
Not necessarily. Unless you want and need counselling, we will not agree to work with you just for the purposes of providing evidence. In these circumstances, we would hope that you could identify another source of support. Only if you freely choose to have counselling and if we feel that you can benefit from it will we be able to support you with a statement of attendance. This is normally done at the end of the period of counselling.
No. In fact, we would encourage you to approach us before the situation gets out of hand and before you start running out of time. Many students say, "I should have come earlier" and often we would agree. It is easier to help you get back on track if you ask us sooner rather than later.
Rarely. The Counselling Service can help with most difficulties and we would only recommend alternative support/services if we felt that it would be in your best interests for us to do so and, where possible, with your full support and co-operation. For instance, if someone is experiencing an episode of difficulty managing their mental health, we would advocate a multi-agency approach that draws in the experience and expertise of other professional helpers. This may or may not include a counsellor.
|Monday||08:45 - 16:30|
|Tuesday||08:45 - 16:30|
|Wednesday||08:45 - 16:30|
|Thursday||08:45 - 16:30|
|Friday||08:45 - 16:00|
Closed lunchtime 12.00 - 13.00
Counselling Service Co-ordinator
Telephone: 0113 8125974
G30 Leslie Silver Building
0113 812 5995
G30 Leslie Silver Building
0113 812 6700
0113 812 7335
0113 812 7444
Leeds Metropolitan University Counselling Service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)