Student Psychological and Counselling Services

We're dedicated to helping UCL students with personal, emotional and psychological concerns. Our service is free to undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at UCL. We provide free short-term counselling, single session therapy, psychiatric support and group workshops. We aim to support as many students as we can. This means that you will only be able to access the service once in an academic year to allow for others to be able to access SPCS support.

We are unable to provide support for long-term conditions or in the event of a crisis situation. If in crisis, find out how to access urgent support.

PhD students

If you are a PhD student, please access support via the Spectrum.Life Assistance Programme. This is a dedicated pathway for PhD students to access counselling support. Spectrum.Life’s team of counsellors are available to help you address a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. 

Summer update

During the summer all final year ​undergraduate students, as well as all final and one year postgraduate students are being offered single-session therapy. These sessions provide ​a highly-focused method for ​addressing your most pressing ​concern in one session, so that we ​can ensure access to timely ​support before completion of​ your course. 

Waiting times for counselling

Our waiting time for an initial appointment after registering is two to three weeks. This can sometimes rise in times of high demand. If we feel you are at higher risk, you will be prioritised.

All students are triaged within 24 hours of registering with SPCS. During triaging, if we feel you may be at higher risk, we will contact you by phone, email and/or text.

Accessing counselling

Types of support provided by Student Psychological Services

We offer a range of free support options, including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychiatric consultation and group workshops.

After you've registered

Understand our service

Find out more about our process, including registration, consultation, ongoing sessions and waiting times. 

Re-scheduling and late arrivals

Rescheduling your appointment

It's important that you attend all your sessions. If you can't make your appointment find out how to re-schedule. 

Self-help and other resources

Find out more about self-help resources

Borrow one of our self-help books free of charge or find out which organisations offer external support. 

Contact us

Contact Student Psychological Services

Find out how to get in touch with us if you need to ask a question or provide us with feedback. 

Crisis support

Talking with a counsellor

Find out how to access urgent support.

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