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. 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
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.
Stephanie McDermid, person-centred BSL counsellor, accredited by 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.
Ross Paterson, person-centred counsellor, accredited by BACP. Ross provides counselling out of office hours (5-8pm 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 the Big White Wall, 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.