College support

Trinity Hall has a Mental Health and Wellbeing Team:
  • Mental Health Advisor – Juliet Bristow
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Barbara Steen
  • Counsellor / Mindfulness practitioner – Sarah Parkin

The team works across the year with both undergraduates and graduates, and students can either refer themselves or be referred by their personal Tutor.

Counselling and CBT can help with a variety of problems, for example:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gender issues
  • Grief / loss
  • Overwhelm
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress – work / personal

How to refer

Please contact Juliet Bristow – – for all referrals. An initial appointment to meet with her will be arranged and in this meeting the most appropriate way forward will be discussed: a referral on to the College counsellor or CBT therapist, or to continue with Juliet, depending on the issues and concerns. Juliet will refer on to the relevant therapist who will then be in contact to arrange ongoing sessions together.

Barbara and Sarah work from Central Site I5, Trinity Hall.

Juliet works from N12 New Court, Trinity College.

See the intranet for more information.


Juliet Bristow

Juliet Bristow

“I trained as a social worker and worked for the NHS mental health services for over twenty years. I can offer all Trinity Hall students assessment, ongoing support, or referral to the College Counsellor or Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I can offer appointments Monday to Friday throughout the year. Please note my office is N12, New Court, Trinity College.”


Sarah Parkin

Sarah Parkin

“I have worked in the field of health and well-being throughout my career, initially training as a nurse. I have been a counsellor for over 20 years and have a breadth of experience through working in a variety of settings including health, business, education and counsellor training. I am also a trained Mindfulness trainer and my therapeutic work brings together my knowledge and experience of both these fields. I divide my working life between College, independent practice and training.”


Barbara Steen

Barbara Steen

“I have worked as a CBT therapist for over 10 years, both in the NHS and privately, as well as providing training and supervision for trainee CBT therapists. I am very pleased to now be working at Trinity Hall and enjoy working with undergraduates and graduates, to support them in working through difficulties and getting the most from their time here in Cambridge.”


Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters are officially trained by the university counselling service. They offer a non-judgemental and confidential listening service if you’ve got any worries, troubles or problems. Whilst Peer Support is not answerable to college, the counselling service or academic departments, they are qualified to make referrals. If you wish to speak with a peer supporter please either contact one directly via their email or email Alternatively, you could pop a note in one of their pigeon holes – no problem too small.

You can find the list of peer supporters on the P2P Support website.


College Parents

When you come to Cambridge you’re all given a college “parent” – someone in the year above, often doing your subject, who is willing to give any advice you need before you arrive and during your time here – from what books buy, where Sainsbury’s is, how to contact supervisors, or even whether to pack your stuff in bags or boxes!

The college family system is taken very seriously! You will be cooked a meal at the start of term and welcomed into the college – it’s a lovely way of getting to know more people and ensuring everyone has some support. The later marriage ceremonies are just part of the fun!

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