Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is part of Student Support Services and is open to all students.

Further information for staff can be found on StaffNet


  • To help you share a problem, or to examine a situation that is causing you to feel distressed, unhappy, anxious and/or "stuck"
  • To enable you to reach a greater understanding of yourself and your situation by exploring the issues with a counsellor
  • To help you work through these problems to find a better resolution
  • To run groups on specific issues
  • To undertake consultancy, training and support for staff

 Head of Service

  • Rick Hughes


  • Ruth Bannister
  • Lindsay Gardner
  • Melissa Grieff
  • Sally King
  • Sha'yo Lai
  • Jacquie Simpson
  • Mairi Stewart 

Associate & Trainee Counsellors

We also have Diploma in Counselling students from other institutions and Associate Counsellors who have recently qualified on placement at our Service offering counselling.

Office Administrator

  • Nicky Mann

Counselling Service Philosophy

The Service Counsellors use the Person-Centred Approach to work. Carl R Rogers developed the Person-Centred Approach from his work with clients. His research and experience led him to believe that individuals can be trusted to fulfil their own potential given the right psychological climate or conditions. These 'conditions', created in a relationship with someone who is genuine, accepting and understanding, allow the individual to be open to their experience and to develop trust in themselves and others.

If you are interested in reading more about the philosophy of Person-Centred Therapy and the Person-Centred Approach, these texts are suggested reading -




Contact Information

University Counselling Service
5 Dunbar Street
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3UD

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 2139

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30

A more limited service may run during holidays