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UCL Student Psychological Services
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we provide you with a general introduction to the Student Psychological Services available at UCL.

What kind of problems can be helped through counselling?

During your university career there may be times when you need a little extra support: for example when you first arrive at university and have to adjust to a new environment as well as make new friends and cope with your studies; or during periods of academic pressure, or maybe when you are dealing with unexpected life events that impact on your emotional wellbeing. At these times it can be helpful to have additional support to that offered by your friends and family.

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What happens in counselling?

Counselling is a process which offers the opportunity to explore those issues that are causing you concern or distress.  It provides you with the time and space to talk about these issues in a confidential setting with a professionally qualified person. The counsellor will not tell you what to do, but instead will assist you to think about your difficulties in a non-judgemental manner in order to help you find the best way to deal with them.

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Christmas Closure

Please note that the Student Psychological Services will be closed over the Christmas break from 5pm on Tuesday the 23rd of December 2014, and will re-open as usual from 10am on Monday the 5th of January 2015. Registrations forms received during this period will not be reviewed until the morning of Monday the 5th of January 2015.

Should you require support during this period, please refer to the Emergency Links section above.

Study Abroad

If you are a student currently abroad and you require emergency assistance please contact your travel insurance provider on the emergency number + 44 (0) 1273 400 850. For helpful information to assist you while you are abroad visit the Study Abroad website.

Halls of Residence

Students staying in UCL halls of residence will be able to follow the usual lines and communications for support over Christmas. There will be a duty member of staff on call every day if you need any assistance, your hall noticeboard will have their contact details.

Things To Do Over Christmas

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities for students over the Christmas period so don’t feel isolated, get out and get involved. Visit the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) website at for more information.

For details of the activities organised by UCLU visit the UCLU website.

International Students House is a charity dedicated to British and International Students in London. They have lots of events on over Christmas, including Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day. You can find information about all of their events on the ISH Events page.

There is a special Gala Christmas Lunch and afternoon of entertainment at the Marchmont Community Centre hosted for the centre’s Older People’s Group, volunteers and support staff. Visit the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) webpages for more information.

You can also volunteer with Crisis over the Christmas period. For more information visit their volunteering page.