Sometimes you may feel you are struggling with an issue and it would help to talk it through with someone who is neutral; someone who is not a friend or a member of your family or connected with your academic course. Counselling is not giving you advice or telling you what you should do. It is a process whereby, through exploring the issues that are causing you anxiety and stress you can reach your own decisions on the way forward or find a way of coming to terms with what is happening in your life.
The RCS offers a range of counselling services for students information and contact details are listed below. If you have any questions about the counselling services available, please contact Dr Jane Balmforth. Please note that all counsellors are currently working online due to the pandemic and communications are via email (not phone). All counsellors are providing an increased number of sessions, rather than a limit of six.
Counsellors can help with a range of issues, including many which may be encountered by students:
- Homesickness, loneliness, isolation
- Sexual and cultural identity
- Life changes
- Bereavement and issues connected with loss
- Depression, self-harm and suicidal feelings
- Exam/study stress
- Alcohol and drug use
Counselling support for students at RCS
The RCS offers a range of counselling services for students information and contact details are listed below. If you have any questions about the counselling services available, please contact Dr Jane Balmforth.
Dr Jane Balmforth, person-centred counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jane works weekdays from 9am-5pm at RCS. Her office (1.21) is on the ground floor of the Renfrew Street building by the lift. Please email or phone to make an appointment. There is no limit to the number of counselling sessions for students.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0141 270 8282
Anthony Davis, integrative counsellor, member of BACP. Anthony works online with RCS students from his office in London. Anthony also specialises in working with the LGBT+ community. Please state that you are an RCS student when contacting Anthony for an appointment.
Marie Gillies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), accredited by BACP. Marie works weekdays from 9-5.30pm. Marie works from her own office external to RCS and provides up to six sessions of CBT for RCS students please state that you are an RCS student when contacting Mairi for an appointment.
Manisha Gosar, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, member of BABCP. Manisha works online and from her own office external to RCS. Please state you are an RCS student when contacting Manisha.
Stephanie McDermid, person-centred BSL counsellor, member of BACP. Stephanie provides counselling in British Sign Language (BSL). Stephanie has an Assistance dog. There is no limit to the number of counselling sessions for students please state that you are an RCS student when contacting Stephanie for an appointment.
Delores McPherson, integrative counsellor, member of BACP. Delores works online with RCS students from her office in London. Please state that you are an RCS student when contacting Delores for an appointment.
Ross Paterson, person-centred counsellor, accredited by BACP. Ross provides counselling out of office hours(5pm-8pm on weekdays) either at RCS or at his office in the West End of Glasgow. Ross provides up to six sessions of counselling for RCS students – please state that you are an RCS student when contacting Ross.
RCS also provides support through Togetherall, an online mental health support service for RCS students. Just log in with an RCS email address to access support 24/7.
Download the Student Support Services Information booklet.