Darwin College-Based Counselling Service

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department.  Sometimes looking up some information about things that are concerning them is helpful and UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on their website.  However, there are times when this is not enough and you may wish to speak to the College-Based Counsellor in a private setting in College. Therefore, in addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS), Darwin College provides a free and confidential College-Based Counselling service for all postgraduate students registered at the College.

The College-Based Counsellor will schedule video and telephone appointments between 9am and 5pm during Michalemas Term.  Please be sure to indicate that you are a member of Darwin when you apply for counselling.

College-Based Counselling is a scheme at the University Counselling Service and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.

Students completing the online form are encouraged to apply to UCS and College-Based Counselling simultaneously for the shortest possible waiting time

For more information and to apply, please go to: College-Based Counselling at Darwin and complete the online form.

Please note, that during peak times, your application will be acknowledged and your details may be placed on a waiting list until a suitable appointment becomes available. 

Student Drop-In Sessions at Darwin College

The student drop-in sessions are available to all students at Darwin College who have concerns about their emotional well-being.  The sessions are short appointments, which last for 20-30 minutes with the College Counsellor.  They provide an opportunity for students to talk confidentially about their concerns and to find out more about the emotional support available. 

The sessions will be held online via Zoom for the time being and Students can reserve an appointment by emailing UCS Counselling Reception at counsellingreception@admin.cam.ac.uk.  Please ensure that you tell us the name of your College and the time you wish to book.  Reception will then email you to confirm if that time is available.

The appointments will run during Michaelmas Term on Mondays from Monday 28 September until Monday 30 November. There will be two time slots each week at 1.00pm and 1.30pm.

Please note, these sessions are not suitable for students who are feeling at risk or in crisis. In these situations the student should contact their Tutor, who can arrange an appointment with a Mental Health Advisor at the University Counselling Service, or they can call NHS 111 option 2 to speak with a Mental Health professional or Samaritans on 116 123.

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