Workplace Counselling

The Staff Counselling Service is available to assist with both personal and work related problems.

The University recognises that members of staff can sometimes be adversely affected by their work and that personal problems can have an impact on our working lives. Whatever the problem, the Staff Counselling Service will provide a quick response and either agree a course of Counselling sessions with you, or suggest other suitable options. Sometimes, one session can be sufficient in itself.

Workplace counselling has the advantage of accessibility: it is free, you can get an appointment quickly and it can be more convenient to fit into your working day. The location is convenient for most University staff, but if you are based out of central Bristol, we can arrange telephone appointments when this is more convenient.

The staff are principally integrative in their training, which means that they can draw on a wide range of resources to support you, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) which is often recommended in medical settings. Local GP’s often recommend the service to their University of Bristol patients, because of the quality of service and positive outcomes.

In addition, the University service is well placed to understand the HE context; the impact of organisational change and the pressures of academic life.

The service covers a wide range of users whether you simply want to talk something through with someone who can be neutral and independent, or if you would like help with more severe problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. In addition to being able to provide support for a wide range of personal problems, the workplace service can offer specific support for workplace issues:

  • Assertiveness
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Acceptable Workplace Behaviour
  • Working Relationships
  • Organisational Change
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Retirement
  • Adverse and Traumatic Incidents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Building Resilience
  • Career Management
  • Maternity/Paternity Coaching
  • Managing Mental Health Conditions
  • Disability

If you have not been to counselling before, you can find further information about what to expect from the BACP (It’s Good to Talk)