About the Counselling Service

  • Oxford Brookes counselling is available to all enrolled students, where appropriate. The aim of the service is to work with you to enhance your emotional wellbeing at University. It is a free and confidential service which aims to help you clarify and overcome problems or issues that concern you, and to develop resources and skills to manage your life at University more effectively.

    We work at three sites: Headington Hill, Harcourt Hill and Marston Road. If you wish to use the service, you must first complete an online registration form. By completing this form, you help us understand your requirements and begin the process of assessing the best support to meet your needs.


  • No. Our services are free for all students currently enrolled at Oxford Brookes University.

    If we feel that counselling support outside the University would be more beneficial, you may be charged a fee for this by the service or individual you see.

    We are committed to improving the service we offer students, and to do this we need your feedback.

    You are asked to fill in three clinical (GAD-7, PHQ-9 and CORE-10) questionnaires when you start and when you end your counselling. Your responses help us learn about the effectiveness of counselling.

    We also ask you to fill in an Evaluation Survey at the end of your counselling, which helps us to know about your experiences and improve the service we offer to students. You will normally be asked to fill in this survey in your last session. If you do not wish to be contacted after you finish your counselling, please let us know.

    The Counselling team are richly experienced and well qualified team, accredited with the major professional bodies. We all work in a similar way, offering a counselling approach that draws on students’ existing competences and orient towards students’ preferred futures, with great respect for students’ own strengths and strategies.

    We collectively have experience working with bereavement, domestic violence, adoption, coaching, personal development, supporting young people and their families and disordered eating.

    We also offer placements providing supervision to experienced and outstanding trainee therapists.

    The Counselling Service works in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the BACP Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy, and are subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure. Copies of these documents are available on request from the Counselling Service.

    See Visit our registration page for information about how to register.