Counselling is a chance to discuss with a trained professional any difficult thoughts or feelings you may be having.

It can be helpful at any stage of your university life for you to explore, understand and find strategies for issues impacting on your academic work, social life or even your sense of general wellbeing.

You may find counselling useful when dealing with: anxiety and stress, low mood or depression, relationship issues, family difficulties, sexual and gender identity, low self-esteem, bereavement and social difficulties.

UCA offers all currently registered students free confidential counselling across the campuses in Surrey and Kent.

Please note, students at Maidstone Studios can access support through Rochester, and Royal School of Needlework (RSN) students can access support through either Epsom or Farnham.

The UCA Counselling Service can be contacted directly via email, or through the Gateway in the Library on each campus.

Sometimes it is appropriate for us to refer students to other sources for specialist help, either internally (for example welfare or disability support) or to outside agencies (such as your GP/doctor).

For more information about how the Counselling Service works, please read the Counselling Information Sheet and the E-Counselling Overview. To request an assessment for counselling, please complete the Counselling Request Form.

We will contact you as soon as we can. However, we are not a crisis service. This means we are unable to offer immediate support at any time it is needed.

If you need urgent mental health support, please contact your GP/doctor, or call NHS 111. In an emergency, call 999 or go to your nearest hospital’s Accident & Emergency Department (A&E). You can find more information on our Medical Emergency page.

If you are seeking immediate emotional support, you may wish to consider contacting the Samaritans on 116 123 or London Nightline on +44 (0)207 631 0101.

Download our Counselling request form

To request an appointment for 1-2-1 Counselling or E-Counselling please download and complete our request form.

Mental health resources

Looking for more information about mental health? You'll find links to helpful external organisations on this page, as well as lots of useful resources.

Contact Gateway

+44 (0)1227 817 314

 +44 (0)1372 202 461

+44 (0)1252 892 709

Tel: +44 (0)1634 888 734