Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
The team works across the year with both undergraduates and graduates. As accredited and senior accredited counsellors, we can help you in a number of ways, including wellbeing support and liaison with college or the university, on your behalf, in matters such as intermission. The team consists of:
Mental Health Practioner (MHP) Julie McCrae
- MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London)
- Bachelors of Social Science (Psychology) Degree (University of Natal Durban, South Africa)
Therapeutic approach: Juls uses an integrative approach in her work with all students drawing from her training and work in the behavioural approaches of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Juls will generally be the first person that you will have contact with both by email and face to face once you have decided that we might be able to help you.
Counsellor/Mindfullness Practitioner Sarah Parkin
- MA in Counselling Studies (University of East Anglia)
- MA Cantab (University of Cambridge)
- Mindfulness Teacher Training I and II (Bangor University)
- Certificate in Supervision (Accredited by ASIIP)
- Certificate in Couple Therapy
- Certificate in Group Facilitation
- Adv. Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy (BACP Accredited)
Therapeutic approach: Sarah uses a combined approach in her work with all students drawing from her training and work as a person-centred therapist, mindfulness trainer and compassion focussed therapist (rooted in evolutionary and social psychology).
WHAT WE DO
Although both trained and experienced counsellors, our roles and work within the College vary from each other. Sarah works from I5, Central Site on Tuesday and Wednesday. Juls works from I5, Central Site from Monday to Friday, 9am to 2 pm.
Initial Assessment (30 minutes): to assess together what will be the most helpful way forward and to start to put this in place. This might be to continue to see the MHP, referral to the College Counsellor, referral to another University Department or sometimes referral to an outside agency.
On-going MHP Support (variable session lengths): the MHP offers the opportunity to have a consistent place to check-in at irregular times throughout the academic year in order to offer therapeutic support. The focus during sessions is to help maintain emotional regulation and further develop helpful coping strategies. This is particularly helpful for students who have intermitted or are at risk of intermitting, students who have been to counselling before, students who are or have been in crisis and students with diagnosed mental health conditions.
Liaison with College tutors and / or other University Departments:
If you are struggling to manage your workload due to mental health issues, talking to the MHP and discussing options with them may be helpful. In some cases it may be appropriate for the MHP to liaise with your Tutor to let them know your support needs. Permission to contact your tutor and discussion on what exactly can be shared will always be discussed with you first (see Confidentiality).
If you are thinking about intermitting or a tutor has concerns around possible intermission due to mental health, the MHP is generally contacted and an appointment is arranged to discuss these concerns with yourself. In some cases a round table meeting will be held with the student, MHP, tutor, Senior Tutor and DoS to discuss intermission options. If this is the case then permission about what can be shared by the MHP will be discussed with you fully beforehand.
Counsellor / Mindfulness Practitioner
Following your assessment with the MHP it may be decided that counselling is the best way forward. In this case the MHP will make the referral to the College counsellor who will then contact you to arrange a session.
Each counselling session lasts for 60 minutes and they are generally held weekly, at least to start with. This gives opportunity for the therapeutic relationship to develop and the work to progress as swiftly as possible. Although there is no set number of sessions it is mutually recognised that the counselling provided in College is short term; its main purpose being to support students to maintain their mental health during their time at Trinity Hall. If, through working together it becomes clear that longer term counselling is required then this will be discussed in session.
Some areas where counselling can be helpful are anxiety, abuse, bereavement, eating disorders, depression, family difficulties, relationship difficulties, self-harm stress (generalised and specific), sexual problems and identity issues.
HOW TO ACCESS US
They are happy to receive referrals either from yourself or your tutor at firstname.lastname@example.org. They try their best to respond within 24 hrs Monday to Friday and for an Initial Assessment appointment with the Mental Health Practitioner, offered within 8 working days of first contact.
HOW TO HELP US
Due to the busy nature of the service and to avoid running a waiting list we ask please that you reply within 24hrs of receipt of an appointment. If you have not confirmed attendance within this time frame it’s possible that we may have to re-allocate your offered session time, in which case you will be sent another appointment for a later date. As far as possible please give us at least 48 hrs notice if you need to cancel your appointment.