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    Student Counselling Information

    For Learning Unlimited Students

    If you are a distance learner with Chesterfield College and finding things difficult at the moment, the College Counselling Service can help you in a variety of ways. The Counsellors, Jo King, Dana Burton and Karen Hubbard, are happy to talk to you about anything that is bothering you, however large or small you think the issue is.

    What is Counselling and how may it help me?

    Life at college can be rewarding, fun and exciting but it can also be a time of stress and there may be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting your life and studies. The College Counselling Service is one of the support services which are there to help. Our qualified counsellors offer one-to-one, confidential counselling to all enrolled students on any personal concerns or difficulties, whether they involve life in college or outside. There are a number of ways in which counselling can help, such as:

    • > Dealing with a crisis or immediate concern
    • > Support with longer term difficulties
    • > Getting access to specialist help
    • > Referring on to other services


    Counselling aims to give you the time, space and encouragement to explore and understand the issues you bring. The counsellor will be able to help you think about your problems from a different perspective. Their role is to provide you with a safe space in which to reflect upon your situation and help you choose and plan best way forward for you.

    Common issues brought to college counselling:

    • anxieties about aspects of study, including exams and presentations
    • general stress and anxiety
    • depression
    • relationship difficulties
    • eating problems
    • bereavements and parental separations
    • loneliness
    • lack of self confidence or low self esteem
    • managing transitions
    • making difficult decisions
    • traumatic experiences, including violence or abuse
    • difficulties with alcohol or drugs
    • issues around sex and sexuality
    • self-injury                                     
    • suicidal thoughts
    • anger management
    • worries about appearance           

    Type of Counselling available

    Face to face

    If your workplace or training centre is within reasonable travelling distance from Chesterfield, we may be able to make arrangements for you to come into college or for a counsellor to come out to see you.

    Telephone Counselling Appointments

    We now offer telephone Counselling appointments to Learning Unlimited Students who are not able to get into the College for face to face counselling due to not living/working in Chesterfield/local area. You can make an appointment to talk with a counsellor over the telephone and this may be for one session or a series of contacts. Your counsellor will help you to make suitable arrangements for a private place to talk over the phone and explain how it all works. Click here to request a telephone appointment or ask your Tutor /Support Manager for details or contact Student Services on 01246 500535 to make an appointment.

    Counselling by Skype 

    We are currently looking to offer Skpye Counselling sessions to Learning Unlimited Students. More details about this service are to follow this space!

    Counselling by Email

    You may want to use our email service for when you want information or advice about a personal issue but cannot contact us during working hours.

    Send your email to and a counsellor will aim to reply to you within 48hrs, monday to friday. This is for one-off enquiries only.  The College is currently developing an Email Counselling Service. Watch this space for further developments..

    Topic of the month


    Topic of the Month:


    Mental Health Awareness week is in May this year and helps to raise awareness of mental health and well being issues. The Mental Health Foundation will be exploring the topic of MINDFULNESS
    Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being, a way of dealing with feelings, thoughts, behaviours by engaging with the here and now and 'present' moment. According to the University of Oxford, practicing being 'Mindful can reduce anxiety, depression and stress' (University of Oxford Press). You can find out more about Mindfulness and related courses at

    Here are a few more ways of keeping healthy this year;

     1) CONNECT...With the people around you, our relationships are vital to our well-being, our sense of self, who we are. Make contact with family, friends and fellow students.

    2) BE ACTIVE...Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Dance, Cycle, get creative. Exercising makes you feel good. Try not to use the bad weather and dark nights as an excuse to stay in and not do any exercise.

    3) TALK ABOUT IT..

    Try and talk to someone about how you are feeling, make time to do this, don't keep things to yourself. You may find this helps and others may be able to share there feelings with you too and feel similar which can in turn help you to feel less isolated or can give you another perspective on things.


    At Christmas time and especially in Winter we have a tendency to eat more comfort foods as the weather gets colder. Treats are good, and necessary, but try and watch you don't over do it and get your daily dose of fruit and vegetables that are essential for fighting off bugs and colds at this time of year :)

    If you need to speak to one of the counsellors about any problem, no matter how big or small, or are concerned or worried about your own mental health, please contact one of the Counsellors at or ring Student Services on 01246 500 500 and book an appointment.