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Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is part of Student Services and is free for all UAD students. Counselling is an opportunity to explore issues that concern you and not be judged. Our counsellors’ approach is to support you to find your own directions in life. Counselling is not advice – a counsellor will not tell you what you should do. The Counselling service adheres to the BACP code of ethics and practice. 


Why might I see a counsellor?

Some students seek counselling to help with specific problems in living such as loss, bereavement, trauma, stress, self-harm, anxiety, academic issues, depression, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, drinking, drugs, sexuality, loneliness, relationship difficulties and harassment.

Some people simply attend out of a sense of something being wrong in their life.


How to make an appointment

The Counselling Service is part of Student Services, based within the Library. You can make an appointment by speaking to the Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) (Ground Floor, Library) or alternatively you can phone (01382) 308833 or email:

Appointments are scheduled between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

At busy times the Counselling and Mental Health Team has a waiting list.

The standard length of an appointment is 50 minutes.


Mental Health Advisor 

The University Mental Health Advisor is eager to ensure that students with mental health difficulties receive advice, information and support as needed to facilitate academic work and participation in university life. All communication is confidential and informal.

Mental Health Advisor main aims are to:

• Identify support needs

• Discuss strategies for managing student life and mental health difficulties

• Provide short-term or ongoing support

• Provide information and if needed, access to other services within the University and local mental health services

Come along if:

• You are struggling to deal with an existing mental health difficulty

• You, or other people, have become concerned about your mental health recently

• You would like to discuss strategies which may help you to cope with university life

To make an appointment, email David Cameron, Mental Health Advisor:


S‌ources of Information:

Counselling Info Booklet

Blackboard Resources

Counselling Resources 2015


Additional support provided by external agencies

Insights Counselling – a local counselling services that provides confidential, non-judgemental, 1-2-1 counselling by appointment. For further details you can phone 01382-305706 or visit them online.  

Breathing Space Scotland – provides telephone counselling. Open: Weekdays - Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am; Weekend -Friday 6pm to Monday 6am. Their phone number is 0800 83 85 87. 

Samaritans – provides a 24/7, 365 day a year telephone service - Their phone number is 116 123 (Free number) or you can email 

In a crisis you can also contact your GP for appointment to discuss your needs or NHS24 111 (Free number)