College-Based Counselling Service

College-Based Counsellor

Clare Hall provides a free and confidential College-based counselling service for all postgraduate students registered at the College. This is in addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS) which Clare Hall students can also use.

College-based counselling is a scheme run by the University Counselling Service and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.

How do I make an appointment?

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 your College.

The Clare Hall Counsellor is available on Thursdays during Full Term between 9am and 5pm. Please be sure to indicate that you are a member of Clare Hall when you apply for counselling.

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 Clare Hall

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. 

In addition to the scheduled counselling sessions, we are offering two drop-in appointments per week. These 20-30 min sessions are an easy, short-notice way to get in touch with a mental health professional. The drop-in sessions will enable you to to talk confidentially about your concerns, to ask questions about counselling if you are unsure and to help you connect with support available throughout the university.

To book a drop-in appointment no self-referral form is necessary, simply contact the counselling service front desk via phone 01223 332865 or email The booking is confidential, and they will confirm your appointment via email. The counselling sessions are currently taking place remotely.

Over the summer, the College Based Counsellor will be available on 12th August and 2nd September 2021.

Private Counselling/Therapy

If you require mental health support beyond what is offered by the University Counselling Service, you can apply for support from the College’s mental health fund. The mental health fund, in conjunction with the University’s Crane Fund, can be used to pay for tailored therapy by a private counsellor or psychotherapist. Please contact your tutor and complete the application form. You can rest assured that your request will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and you are not required to share any particulars beyond the fact that you require mental health support.

Clare Hall also has a Nurse whom students can see on Wednesdays. Please learn more on this webpage.