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Counselling Service

The counselling service is part of the Wellbeing Team and provides counselling for all learners enrolled at any of the campuses across the college.

What is counselling?

Counselling is sometimes referred to as talking therapy.  Counsellors use their skills to help you better understand the issues that are causing you concern. These might include talking about life events in the present or the past, feelings, relationships, and ways of thinking or patterns of behaviour.  Counselling can help you find better ways of coping with any difficulties you may be facing.  Accessing your counselling service may enhance your learner experience providing you with an opportunity for you to explore your issues in a safe and private setting. Our team of counsellors are highly qualified and experienced professionals who will work alongside you to create positive change.

What can counselling help with?

The counsellors are experienced in working with lots of different issues. Counselling is for anyone having difficulties of any kind, if it is concerning you then it matters.  Some of these concerns could be:

  • Anxiety
  • Issues of low confidence/self-worth
  • Depression / low mood
  • Alcohol / drug misuse
  • Bereavement /loss
  • Being a carer
  • Loneliness/ feeling isolated
  • Difficulties at home
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Things that have happened in the past
  • Issues with sexuality or gender
  • Abuse
  • Feeling confused or unhappy
  • Loss of life direction
  • Changes you find difficult
  • Self harm/feeling suicidal

How do I make an appointment?

You can refer yourself for counselling by filling in a referral form and posting it in the confidential counselling post boxes. The forms and boxes are together displayed on walls on every campus and can be found:

Graig Campus – outside A44
Ammanford Campus – Library
Jobswell Campus – Reception area
Pibwrlwyd Campus – Library
Gelli Aur Campus – Library
Cardigan Campus
Aberystwyth Campus
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Phone: 01554 748052 (confidential voicemail please ensure you leave a contact number)

Tutors and Mentors often refer students for counselling and you can ask your tutor to do this if you prefer.

What happens when I make an appointment?

Once a student requests counselling we will arrange an appointment as soon as possible. Following this there may be a small wait for counselling sessions to begin, depending on demand. We will prioritise students who are in crisis and need urgent support and students aged 16-19 years old. The counsellor will inform you of where the counselling room will be depending  on which campus you are on.

What if I need to speak with someone urgently?

If a counsellor is not available you can speak with a mentor. Go to learner support and ask to speak with a mentor or anyone who is available. They will listen to you and help direct you to the right support for you.


The counsellors will not tell tutors, family or friends that you have been to see them. They will not discuss this with anyone, unless this has been agreed between you beforehand. On rare occasions a counsellor may have to speak to someone else about what is happening. This would only happen if there was immediate danger to you or others. The counsellor will fully explain all aspects of confidentiality to you on your first appointment. All counsellors at the college are members of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work to a strict code of ethics.

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If you need support outside of college hours, during the evening, at weekends or during holiday periods, or if you study part-time or are studying a work based learning programme and find it difficult to access the college service, Togetherall is available all day every day.

Please visit the Togetherall page on this site for more information or click on the logo below which takes you directly to the Togetherall website.

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