College support

College Mental Health and Wellbeing Team

Trinity Hall has a Mental Health and Wellbeing Team:

  • Mental Health Advisor – Juliet Bristow
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Ruth Cocksedge
  • 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
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress – work / personal

How to refer

Please contact Juliet Bristow – – for all referrals. An initial appointment to meet with him 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.

Where we are

Juliet works from I5, Central Site

Sarah works from I5,  Central Site on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ruth works from I5, Central Site on Thursday.

Juliet BristowJuliet Bristow

“I have worked for several years at the University in mental health and wellbeing roles. I can meet with all Trinity Hall students to explore their difficulties and agree on the right onward plan together. Please make contact to arrange a time to meet.”


Sarah ParkinSarah 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.”

Ruth CocksedgeRuth Cocksedge

“I have worked in mental health across a variety of NHS settings for many years in the NHS, as well as in higher education as a senior lecturer. I am a counselling psychologist by profession, and am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (a type of therapy for post-traumatic stress). These are evidence-based interventions for problems with anxiety and low mood. I work one day a week at the College, as well as in independent practice”.

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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