University Counselling Services

Using medication for psychological problems

Most people who seek counselling do not have a diagnosable mental health problem, but problems of living and problems with their relationship with themselves and others. These people are less likely to have been prescribed medication and may find that talking therapy alone may be effective in dealing with their problems.

The Psychological and Counselling Service does not prescribe medication for psychological problems. If medication is a form of treatment that you want to consider, or find out more about, you can make an appointment at the Health Centre and talk to the health care professionals there. See University Resources.

Whether you are on medication already or actively thinking about it, or indeed if you have decided against using it for the time being, you are welcome to access the Psychological and Counselling Service. Contact Reception.

Most recent research on mental health problems suggests that even in conditions when medication is thought to be effective, drug treatment can be enhanced by talking therapies, and the risk of relapse reduced.

Sometimes people have tried medication and want to cut down or stop taking it, or may be experiencing unwanted side-effects. The Psychological and Counselling Service would always advise that in such cases, medication should be reviewed under medical supervision.