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Counselling and mental health support

We all have mental health, as we all have physical health and, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. Mental health difficulties can range from the worries and anxieties we all experience as part of everyday life, to other longer term problems that affect our daily functioning. These feelings often pass, but sometimes they are hard to cope with.

If, during your time as a student here, you feel you might want or need some support with a personal, emotional or mental health issue, you can access support from Counselling and Mental Health Support.  Our service is available to all enrolled Northumbria students and you will just need to sign into your student portal and complete our online registration form – it just takes a few minutes.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM (Sign on to student portal first)



*Please note that the above link will take you to the Student Portal Dashboard if you are not already signed into the Portal. Once signed in, please re-click on this link or search for ‘Counselling and Mental Health Registration Form’ in Help & Support.*

Once you have submitted the form, we will look at it the next working day and we will then contact you within two working days - this may be by phone or via your student portal.

If you have any questions, you can call or email the team (contact details below).  We also have a drop-in which usually runs Monday - Thursday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm and you can access this by visiting the Ask4Help point in Student Central, City Campus Library, Ground Floor.  

Need help now

If you are not able to wait for an offer of support, and you need to speak to someone urgently, please click here to find the contact details of local emergency services.   

Counselling and Mental Health Support offer a range of support services, including: 

  • Online self-help support available here
  • Referrals to relevant self-help materials 
  • Appointments with Counsellors
  • Appointments with mental health practitioners (which can include identifying possible mental health issues)
  • Guided self-help appointments    
  • Therapeutic workshops
  • Ongoing individual support
  • Referrals to other support in the University and to support services in the community 

Attending appointments

If you are offered an appointment and subsequently are unable to attend, please let us know as early as possible (preferably 48 hours beforehand).  This is so that we can offer your appointment to another student.

Disability support

If you require disability support, including applying for Disabled Students' Support Allowance for a mental health condition, please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team.

 

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City Campus

Ask4Help point, Student Central, City Campus Library, Ground Floor

Coach Lane Campus
Ask4Help point, Student Central, Coach Lane Library, Ground Floor

Tel: 0191 227 4576
as.counsellingandmentalhealth@northumbria.ac.uk

Current Students: Please contact us via your student portal

 

Meet the Team

Valerie Humble | Head of Wellbeing and Mental Health



Emma Paterson | Counsellor

I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and have had the privilege of working in a number of different settings including higher education, the voluntary sector and the NHS. I’ve really enjoyed working with students over the years, and have found that their innate creativity can lead to life changing insights, new patterns of behaviour and greater personal freedom.

Christine Halliday | Counsellor

I have worked as a Counsellor in Student Life and Wellbeing since 2011.  I work using a humanistic approach and offer students a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss the issue that has brought them to counselling.  My role is to facilitate the student to explore the situation they are in, and help them find a way forward.
 

Lorna McCarthy | Counsellor

I have worked as a Counsellor at Northumbria University since September 2003. I work in a person-centred, relational and integrative way with students who have any kind of emotional distress. My interests include gender & diversity, as well as existential life issues.
 

Honey Summers  | Counsellor

I joined the Northumbria Counselling and Mental Health team in 2017, after working as a counsellor in the NHS, and various specialist voluntary sector services.  I work in a person-centred way, which for me, means creating a warm, accepting and non-directive space in which students can express and explore their feelings and experiences from their own perspective.  I am interested in supporting students to make deeper connections with themselves, and to find their own solutions to whatever might be troubling them, or holding them back.  I aim to provide a forum in which students can be creative about themselves, and find ways to flourish that feel right for them.

Katy | Counsellor 

I have worked at Northumbria University since 2017. I am a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist and I have previously worked in a number of charitable organisations including Mind and Mental Health Concern. Prior to working as a therapist, I worked in the community mental health sector for 9 years. I primarily combine the Psychodynamic and Person Centred approaches to therapy.

Andrea Howmans  | Counsellor

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and absolutely love providing counselling for students. I have gained a variety of experience in Universities, NHS, various specialist Voluntary Sector services and private practice.  I work collaboratively with each person to work together to formulate specific therapeutic goals and work from an Integrative perspective, using a person-centred foundation.  I blend various interventions, depending on the individual’s needs. I have trained in a variety of therapies, including, Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and I offer CBT / Solution Focused techniques when they may be beneficial to assist people to find their own way forward, e.g. to manage stress, worry, anxiety, panic.  Counselling for Depression is a model that I draw on regularly by encouraging exploration of feelings which provides the opportunity for people to become more aware of their emotional process. This enables people to gain more of an understanding of themselves, others and their situation and gaining this understanding is often key as people can then begin to make the choices that are right for them.

Lindsay Harper | Counsellor and Mental Health Practitioner

I have been employed by Northumbria University in the Counselling and Mental Health Service since 2013. Prior to this I worked in the field of Community Mental Health, as a Social Worker specialising in Adult Mental Health, since 1995. I am also a qualified counsellor (Integrative therapy). I am professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and also an Accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

At the University my main role is as a Mental Health Practitioner and I also offer some counselling. Within the Mental Health Practitioner role, I am able to support students to recognise and address potential mental health issues and offer therapeutic interventions for managing distressing symptoms and can also facilitate students to access more appropriate services where needed. In my counselling role, I use an integrative approach. This allows students to explore and understand their difficulties in a way that suits their individual needs, to gain relief and towards their identified goals.

Jane Moffitt | Mental Health Practitioner

I have been a Mental Health Practitioner at Northumbria since 2014. My role requires me to carry out mental health assessments and offer a range of brief therapeutic interventions to students experiencing mental health difficulties and emotional issues; this may involve making internal or/and external referrals.

I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. My background consists of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, crisis work, and Liaison Psychiatry. 


Phil Brooke | Mental Health Practitioner

I am a qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse, qualifying in 2001, and have been working in Northumbria University as a mental health practitioner since 2016. Prior to this post I specialised in both Working Age Adult and Children and Young People’s Crisis Mental Health NHS Teams, working with clients presenting serious mental illness, providing assessment and intensive home treatment to prevent hospital admission.

My role within Northumbria University involves the provision of mental health assessment for students experiencing a range of mental health difficulties with therapeutic brief interventions and liaison with locality services to provide a holistic package of support to assist students in their journey through university. 
 

Andy Muir | Mental Health Practitioner

I am a Mental Health Practitioner within Counselling and Mental Health Support.  

I work with people experiencing difficulties and distress through various mental health issues, and by working in partnership with the person concerned, I can offer 1 – 1 person centred therapeutic interventions that build on a person’s own strengths and resources, and support them to develop their own insight and awareness.  I am very focussed on recovery based model of mental health, and firmly believe in the concept of hope.

My professional background is mental health social work in community mental health teams, working with people with a wide range of mental health issues over the years.


Frances Singleton
 | Mental Health Practitioner

I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse belonging to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and I have worked at Northumbria since 2016. My role is to assess the Mental Health of students who may be suffering from a range of difficulties including stress, depression or anxiety. I offer a safe, non-judgemental place to explore current difficulties and find a way to move forward. I enjoy the variety of work here at Northumbria and meeting such a diverse and unique range of students. I am passionate about de-mystifying and de-stigmatising mental health issues in a life which can often be pressured, complex and demanding.

My background is in both Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Adult Mental Health, mainly in an inpatient and day unit setting.
 

Michael Hedley | Resilience Practitioner

I have worked at Northumbria University since 2011 and in Student Life and Wellbeing since 2013. I provide one to one, specialist support and guidance to students with a focus on wellbeing and emotional support. This is delivered through a variety of platforms throughout their student life. I am also responsible for providing specific support for student carers, student care leavers and also students who are under 18. 
 

Alice Holder | Resilience Practitioner

I have worked at Northumbria University since 2006 and in Student Life and Wellbeing since 2013. I provide one to one, specialist support and guidance to students with a focus on wellbeing and emotional support. This is delivered through a variety of platforms throughout their student life. I am also responsible for providing specific support for student carers, student care leavers and also students who are under 18.


Jane O'Keeffe | Student Support Co-ordinator

I joined Northumbria University in 2007 and have worked in Student Life and Wellbeing since 2014.  My role involves promoting Counselling and Mental Health Support and helping students to access the service.  I am usually the first port of contact for students who would like to access support for personal, emotional or mental health issues. I also run the Wellbeing Workshops and manage various campaigns throughout the service. 
 

Angela Ganley | Student Support Administrator

I have worked in Student Life and Wellbeing since August 2011 and have been the Student Support Administrator for the Counselling and Mental Health Service since 2013.  My main responsibilities are to deal with telephone enquiries and book appointments for students accessing the service. I also provide an administrative service to our Counsellors and Mental Health Practitioners.

 

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