Introducing Student Psychological and Counselling Services (SPCS)

15 November 2018

UCL Student Psychological Services has changed its name and some of the services they offer. We've summarised all you need to know.

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As you may already know, UCL Student Psychological Services has recently changed its name! They’re now known as UCL Student Psychological and Counselling Services (SPCS). There has also been a few changes in the services that they offer, so here’s a brief outline of the different ways they can support you:

What they can provide:

  • Help with difficulties such as relationships, identity and sexuality, work and studies, mild to moderate anxiety and depression, self-esteem, adjustment to university, disability, bereavement and harassment
  • Emotional and psychological support through 1:1 counselling
  • Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy
  • Psychiatric assessments and advice on medication
  • Referrals to other services within the rest of UCL Student Support and Wellbeing or to external specialist support services  
  •  A wide range of self-help books and materials

What they cannot provide:

  • Crisis support
  • Counselling or therapy for students who are already seeing a counsellor or therapist individually or in a group
  • Letters in support of extenuating circumstances for students who have not had counselling or psychiatric support within the service
  • Treatment for addictions, eating disorders, PTSD, and OCD
  • Treatment for severe and enduring mental illnesses and personality disorders
  • Diagnoses for dyslexia, Asperger syndrome, and ADHD
  • Treatment for students at imminent risk of harming themselves or others 

For more information about crisis support please visit the following page.

Both staff and students can report a student that they are concerned about. For more information about this process please visit this page.

A directory of external organisations providing support, many of which partner with UCL Student Support and Wellbeing, can be found here.

More information about specialist support for specific groups of students is available on this page.

Richard Harrison, Student Psychological and Counselling Services