About student counselling at LSE

We work with you to reflect on whatever you are finding difficult and to identify healthier strategies to manage

LSE Student Counselling Service offers a private and confidential space for you to discuss any concerns about your mental health, with a trained counselling professional. We offer face-to-face and online appointments, as well as workshops and groups. 

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How do I access the counselling service?

If you are interested in counselling, please book a wellbeing appointment where you can explore the support options available to you.

Can you explain what counselling is?

Counselling (also sometimes known as therapy) provides an opportunity to talk with a trained professional about anything in your life which is impacting your psychological wellbeing and daily life. Counselling creates a safe and confidential space where you can talk openly without being judged.

Counsellors don’t provide advice or solutions, but work with you to reflect on whatever you are finding difficult and to identify healthier strategies to manage.  

Note for students accessing counselling remotely from outside the UK: Any counselling work is dependent on and done in accordance with the laws of the practitioner's own country. 

Is the Counselling Service confidential?

Confidentiality is a most important part of this service, and we subscribe to the ethical framework of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Staff in the Student Counselling Service will not discuss anything about you outside of the Student Wellbeing Service without your explicit agreement, except in exceptional circumstances (for example, we would have a duty to inform your GP if we were concerned that there was a serious risk of harm to yourself or others).  

Confidentiality policy

For detailed information on confidentiality and data protection procedures, please refer to the Student Wellbeing Service confidentiality policy

How do I know if counselling is right for me?

Counselling can help deal with a range of problems or concerns. If you’re anxious or upset, an initial appointment will give you a chance to meet one of the counsellors and decide if counselling is right for you. 

Please note that in some cases, short-term counselling may not be appropriate, in which case we will help you think about alternatives. 

LSE also has mental health advisers who offer specialist advice and support for any student with mental health difficulties. Find out more about mental health support on the Disability and Wellbeing Service webpages.

How many sessions can I have?

For some students, one or two appointments will be sufficient, while others may need more (we offer up to six sessions). Please note that appointments may be two or more weeks apart, but if you feel you need more frequent sessions you can discuss this with your counsellor.

Where do the sessions take place?

We offer face-to-face and Zoom apppointments - you will be given the option to state your preference when we arrange your appointment (including no preference).

Who is in the Student Counselling Team?

We are a multi-disciplinary team using a variety of approaches. Our counsellors are highly trained, are required to hold accreditation with an appropriate professional body, and have extensive experience of providing mental health support.

Some of our team identify as LGBTQ+ and if you would like to work with an LGBTQ+ counsellor, we will do our best to make that happen.  We offer our services to the range of different communities that make up LSE by treating them with dignity, respect and the understanding they deserve. 

The service can be contacted via student.counselling@lse.ac.uk. Individual counsellors' contacts are below:

Student Counsellors

Oluwakayode (Kay) Akinsulire (HCPC Registered)

Ayan Ali (MBACP - Accred)

Sarah Jones (FPC, BPC Reg, MBACP)

Anne Li (HCPC Registered)

Sally Madley (MBACP - Accred)

Julie McNair (BPC Reg)

Erika Domeika Pratte (HCPC Registered)

Samia Reza-Premjee (MBACP - Accred)

Monika Smolar (UKCP Reg, MBACP - Accred)

Aviv Teller (BPC Reg)

Susie Ward  (MBACP - Accred)

Counselling Service Managers

Emma Nabavian (UKCP Reg)

Susan Whitby (UKCP Reg)


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