College-Based Counselling at Robinson College



We are Ian and Catriona, the counsellors at Robinson College.

In addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS), Robinson College provides a free and confidential College-Based Counselling service for all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at the College.

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department.  Sometimes looking up some information about things that are concerning them is helpful and UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on this website.  However, there are times when this is not enough and you may wish to speak to the College-Based Counsellor in a private setting in your College.

As the Robinson College counsellors, we are available every week during the full term on a Monday (Catriona) and Thursday (Ian) between 9am and 5pm.

We are able to offer students up to 6 sessions of counselling for any emotional difficulties that may be causing them concern in their daily lives. This may include experiences like anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, procrastination, or loss and bereavement. If you feel it would be helpful for you to talk to someone during your time here at Robinson College then please feel able to make an appointment to come and see one of us.

In addition to the counselling sessions, Ian will be providing two well-being drop in sessions each Thursday. Each is a 30 minute long single session appointment and is for students who would like more general advice for any concern related to emotional well-being. They provide the opportunity to talk to someone confidentially and find out more about possible support that may be available.

For further information on how you can access counselling or drop in sessions and arrange to meet with one of us, please look at the details below. There is also further information on the University Counselling Service website at

College-Based Counselling is a scheme at the University Counselling Service and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.


Arrangements for Easter Term 2022

We will be providing in person counselling during Easter term. Online sessions continue to be available if requested.

All appointments are approximately 50 minutes.

If you would prefer to have a remote appointment, we would suggest you indicate this on your application to counselling or speak to your counsellor if you have already started sessions.

Please apply for counselling in the usual way and remember to select your College. See below

How do I make an appointment?

Currently a College-Based Counsellor at Robinson is available a Monday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm, during FULL TERM.

To arrange an appointment, please complete the 'Student Pre-Counselling Form' on our secure website.  On the second page, PLEASE ensure you indicate that you are a member of Robinson by choosing the specified drop-down option.

The form is intended to be thought-provoking, but you do not need to give long answers; you can also put "I would prefer to talk about this in person" if it is difficult to write about.  It can be submitted securely to the Counselling Service online; you will need your Raven password to use this facility. To access this route, please click on the link below:

Please be aware that the online form requires completion within a 3hr time frame for security, after which it automatically shuts down (you may want to save your data in case the session is close to expiring).  We also recommend, that you do not send the form from a mobile phone.

Complete Student Pre-Counselling Form online (secure website)

If you prefer to download a Word version of the 'Pre-Counselling Form' and email this to us, please click on the following link:

Download Student Pre-Counselling Form [Word, 44.9KB]

The information you give will remain confidential within the Counselling Service.

Student Drop-In Session at Robinson College

Two weekly, one-off bookable drop-in sessions are available to all students at Robinson who have concerns about their emotional well-being, but are not wishing to access counselling. The sessions are short appointments, in person or online and which last for 20-30 minutes.  They provide an opportunity for students to talk confidentially about their concerns and to find out more about the emotional support available.

Students can reserve an appointment by emailing UCS Counselling Reception at . Please ensure that you tell us the name of your College and if there is a day/time when you are not available.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for students who are feeling at risk or in crisis. In these situations the student should contact their Tutor, College Nurse or Chaplain who can arrange an appointment with a Mental Health Advisor, or  call NHS 111 option 2 to speak with a Mental Health professional or Samaritans on 116 123.


Page updated 14th January 2022