We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Counselling Service

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION***

As per government guidance in response to the Covid-19 virus our counselling service is suspended until further notice.

At this time we are sorry to advise we will be unable to proceed with any pending or new referrals.  You are still welcome to make a referral to our service but please be aware our time frame in responding to this remains uncertain.

With this in mind we advise you to contact your GP if you feel you need immediate support.  I have also detailed below some contacts you may find useful if needed. 

CRISIS Team Colchester/Tendering                                     03307261800

CRISIS Team Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree                03307260130

Samaritans                                                                              116 123

You may also wish to review counsellors offering sessions in your area using the links below.  Some counsellors listed here may be able to offer telephone or online support.

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk

https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/how-to-find-a-therapist/

We are hopeful the service can return to normal in the not too distant future and we will follow up with you when this time comes.

Thank you for your understanding at this unprecedented time.

What is Counselling?

What is Counselling?

Person-Centred Counselling offers a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment where you can gain and develop insight into yourself, current situations and life experiences. Through talking and sharing you will be able to explore thoughts and maybe difficult feelings and develop a clearer understanding of yourself so that you can cope more effectively in life and allows potential for growth and change. The counsellor will be supportive in this but will not give advice or their own opinion.

Counselling Service

Colchester Institute Counselling Service

Colchester Institute Counselling Service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within the BACP Ethical Framework which provides a foundation for good practice.

The service has been running since 1990 and we have links with Community Mental Health Teams, GP Practices and many Voluntary Organisations.

The service runs throughout the academic year but breaks will be negotiated over Christmas, Easter and Summer.

The Counsellors

  • All counsellors are individual members of the BACP and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
  • They are all professional trainee counsellors working towards the completion of their counselling training.
  • All counsellors are required to monitor counselling through on-going supervision.
  • All trainee counsellors are required by the training programme to tape record the counselling sessions for supervision and course work purposes only.

Please note that as the counsellors are students in training, it is not appropriate to request reports and/or the release of confidential counselling notes for legal purposes. It is advised that counselling is sought with a qualified BACP counsellor if reports or case notes are required in support of a legal claim.

Appointments & Fees

All sessions are 50 minutes

Appointments Available: Monday – Friday, day times and evening.

You will have an initial assessment session with the counsellor to decide whether counselling is for you and whether the counsellor feels the service is right for you. After an initial session you will have a 6 week contract with your counsellor, which can be extended for a following 11 sessions if appropriate to do so. If your counsellor finishes their training during this time then the sessions will end and an arrangement will be made known to you if further counselling is required.

Your appointments will be arranged for the same time and location each week.

There is a fee of £5 per counselling session*

We appreciate coming to counselling can be daunting but we aim to provide you with the best possible service. If you have decided that counselling is for you then you can contact our services on the number provided or you can fill out a referral form on the link below. Do not hesitate to call us for more information.

*Under certain circumstances some clients may be eligible for a discretionary fee reduction.

Counselling Self-referral Form
If you would like to make an appointment to receive counselling from us, please fill in your details below and we will arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible.
Counselling Evaluation Form