Counselling, Health Advice & Chaplaincy

Illustration of mountains, by Marja de Sanctis, 2015
Illustration (Mountains) by Marja de Sanctis, 2015 (MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts 2014)

The Counselling, Health Advice and Chaplaincy Service offers support to all University of the Arts London students for personal, emotional, health and mental health concerns as well as in spiritual, religious and faith related matters.

The counsellors, health advisers and chaplains are a team of professionals trained in different specialisms, which enables the service to meet a range of needs that students bring.

All the appointments are one to one, and these and any other contact with the service are completely confidential. Find out more about the type of support available and how to book appointments by using the contact information on this page. Telephone and email enquiries are welcome.

Here to listen, here to help

Students at University of the Arts London can talk to a counsellor, health adviser or a chaplain about any concerns and difficulties they may have. These may sometimes overlap, and the different team members can offer different types of professional support for exploring, understanding and finding ways to address what can be similar issues or problems.

For example, whilst mental health advisers (who are part of the Health Advice team) offer information and practical advice about mental health issues, a counsellor’s focus is on therapeutic support – helping someone explore and reflect on their feelings and thoughts through talking.

One of those two approaches might be more beneficial to a student than the other, but it is not always clear at first which service is the most appropriate for each person, and a student may not always be sure about which service to request an appointment with in the first place.

The service is here to listen and here to help, and in order to access the available support, the most important thing is for a student to make contact with any of the services and to arrange an initial appointment.

At that first appointment, the adviser, counsellor or chaplain will listen and talk to the student. If an appointment with someone else would be more relevant or helpful, this can be arranged for as soon as possible afterwards.

Urgent appointments

Urgent appointments lasting 30 minutes are available during office hours for enrolled students who need to talk to someone quickly when there is a crisis or a matter that needs urgent attention.

To book an urgent appointment, please call 020 7514 6251.

Well-being workshops and events

The service runs well-being events to promote good health and mental well-being amongst students and staff at the University. Past events have included the Well-being Fair, which coincides with National University Mental Health Day and is held annually in February at a College site.

Well-being workshops take place throughout the year. These group sessions explore topics such as confidence, self-esteem, depression and anxiety. They encourage self-understanding and teach students ways to cope with difficult experiences.

Details of upcoming workshops and events are available for enrolled students on the University intranet - please search for "Wellbeing workshops and events".