The Student Counselling Service is here to support and help you get the most from your time at LSE. We can help with personal and emotional problems, whether or not they affect your studies. We are open to all students, and our service is free and confidential.
Student Counselling at LSE is an inclusive service. Students can feel comfortable approaching counsellors regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious faith.
The Student Counselling Service offer group based support and individual counselling.
There are many different reasons why a student may want help from the counselling service. You don't need to fully understand what is causing the difficulty in order to make an appointment, and the nature of the problem might become more clear during the initial assessment/ first meeting.
Counselling can offer you a space to talk and think about problems and difficulties, and many people find it helpful to be able to do this with someone who is not a friend or family member. Counsellors are not the same as doctors and psychiatrists, and cannot prescribe medication. Counselling is not about giving advice, but can help you understand difficulties. Your counsellor can work with you to help you make decisions and changes that may work better for you.
Some of the difficulties that students often raise include:
- problems with anxiety and stress
- loneliness, adjusting to a new culture, homesickness
- problems with family, friends or intimate relationships
- sexual problems
- bereavement and loss
- study problems, including difficulties with writing, speaking and putting things off (procrastination) and perfectionism
- racism and harassment
- sexual abuse, coping with trauma, sexual harassment
- feeling suicidal
- eating disorders
- addictions, including alcohol, drugs and gambling
There may be other problems that you wish to discuss that are not included in this short list.