Although we all hope to get through life without major problems, the reality is that most of us have to face difficult circumstances at some point. At such times it can help to talk to someone else in privacy, and in confidence.

The counsellors at Barnsley College are professionally trained, experienced, and committed to offering you the help you may need. If you have problems whilst you are at College, whether to do with your studies or your personal life, please do not hesitate to contact us. The service is free and confidential.

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk about important issues, to be listened to, and gain new understanding and awareness. Counsellors do not have any magic answers, but they will take your concerns very seriously and give you time, space, and support, to look at them afresh.

It is hoped that this process will help you to reach a better understanding of yourself and of possible choices and solutions. No problem is too small or too big, to bring to counselling.

Examples of issues which might trouble you include family and relationship problems; anxiety; self confidence; depression; anger; grief and loss; want to see your counsellor and ask any questions you may have at your first session.

Counselling have free advice which any student can use when they need support. Counselling have advice on:

Making an appointment

Please complete a SPA referral form for access to counselling. Once completed, please send it to

Are you a College student and would like to access Counselling without anyone knowing you have enquired but possibly need some support with filling in the form?
Then fill in the 4 questions on the link provided, click-on submit and someone will get back to you.

  • Telephone: 01226 216 233
  • In person: Health and Wellbeing – Old Mill Lane campus

Opening Times

  • 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday
  • 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday


  • 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Thursday
  • 9.00am – 3.30pm Friday

Appointments are available outside these times by prior arrangement.


You can talk to a counsellor in confidence. Nothing you say will be revealed to anyone else and no-one will know that you are coming for counselling unless you wish to tell them. The important exception to this rule would be if the counsellor was concerned that you or another person was at risk of serious harm. Our confidentiality guidelines will be fully explained to you in your first meeting with a counsellor.

Advice and Help Outside Barnsley College

There is a range of charities and organisation that can offer advice and guidance outside of College. The Hub of Hope app gives you a database of local organisations and charities that you can contact. You can download the free app by scanning the QR codes or clicking on the buttons below.

#StayAlive app – a suicide prevention resource with lots of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

My Whole Self – Supporting your mental health whilst working from home

Hub of Hope App (Android)

Hub of Hope App (iOS)



Last updated: 1st March 2021