University Counselling Services

What is counselling?

Counselling gives you an opportunity to meet with a professional to talk about issues troubling you.

There are no rules on what is, or is not, a problem for counselling and our team help students with wide-ranging issues without judgement.

Talking confidentially to a counsellor can help you change your perspective and strengthen your inner resources.

What you can expect from counselling

UCS offers a range of therapeutic approaches for individual and group counselling, as well as workshops.

Individual short term counselling

Following your initial assessment, if individual counselling is the best approach for you, you will be assigned a counsellor who will work with you for an agreed number of weeks. Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place at the same time and day each week. During this time your counsellor will support you to talk through thoughts and feelings, find healthier ways to cope and give non-judgmental support.

Individual counselling at UCS will be offered from one or more of the following approaches:

  • Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy

The decision on therapeutic approach is made by the assessment team on the basis of the best match for the individual’s needs.

Therapy Groups

  • ongoing therapy groups run every week for 1.5 hours for the whole of the academic year
  • confidentiality is held within the group, which allows members to speak freely about whatever they wish
  • if you are interested in joining a group please mention it at your initial assessment. A further talk with the group facilitator will be arranged so you can find out more and decide if this is the way forward for you. Download the information sheet.

Need Help Now?

Contact Us

Opening Hours

UCS is open year-round with additional evening hours during term time, as indicated

Monday 9am - 5pm

Tuesday 9am - 9pm (5pm- 9pm term time only)

Wednesday 11.30am - 9pm (5pm - 9pm term time only)

Thursday 9am - 9pm (5pm- 9pm term time only)

Friday 9am - 5pm

UCS is not open on Bank Holidays or University Closure Days

Telephone 01273 678156 during office hours

or leave a message on our confidential 24-hour answer phone

email: counsellingreception@sussex.ac.uk

Address: University Counselling Services, Health Centre Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton. BN1 9RW