Wellbeing at BSA

We understand that sometimes our students might want a helping hand. That’s why our support network is here should they ever need it.

We offer around 9 hours of FREE counselling to our degree students each week.

Counselling at BSA

Counselling provides our degree students with a safe space to talk about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their lives as students at BSA. Our counsellors help students to understand themselves better and work through any problems they might be facing. They help students find their own answers and make positive changes in their lives.

Meet the Team

Introducing our counsellors, Clare Mitchell and Nicholas Shearer Burgess. They are fully qualified and experienced counsellors registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Both of our counsellors draw on a number of different psychotherapeutic models to support their work, but at the heart of what they do lies the creation of a trusting relationship where our students feel respected and heard.

When do we offer counselling?

It’s normal to feel sad or anxious or to experience problems with certain relationships from time to time. However, if life at BSA is making our students feel overwhelmed or stuck, and things aren’t changing or they get worse over time, then counselling could be helpful.

After an initial assessment, we offer students a ‘block’ of counselling for a series of up to 8 sessions. Sessions will be at the same time each week and will take place in the Study Room at BSA on Silver Street (BS1 2AG) and last 50 minutes.

Support in & around Bristol

Off the Record/OTR – 0808 808 9120 (freephone) www.otrbristol.org.uk

BEAT Beating Eating Disorders – 0808 8010677 www.b-eat.co.uk

Bristol Mindline – 0117 203 4419 www.bristolmind.org.uk

LGBT+ Helpline – 0800 0119 100 www.switchboard.lgbt

No Panic (phobias & anxiety) – 0300 772 9844 www.nopanic.org.uk

Samaritans – 116 123 (freephone) www.samaritans.org

SANE Line (support and mental health info) – 0300 304 7000 www.sane.org.uk/how-we-help/emotional-support/saneline-services

SARSAS (Sexual Violence & Abuse Support services) – 0808 801 0456 www.sarsas.org.uk

Students Against Depression – 01635 869754 www.studentsagainstdepression.org

Unity Sexual Health – 0117 342 6900 www.unitysexualhealth.co.uk

Womankind – 0117 916 6461 or 0345 458 2914 www.womankindbristol.org.uk