Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Student reflections

Listed below are thoughts, comments and reflections from students on various Counselling Studies programmes.

They describe their experience of being a student with us in their own words.

"Thought-provoking, challenging, Pilates for the mind and soul. The sharing of concepts and feelings with tutors and fellow students a privilege. A huge but gratifying learning process."

Sue MackayPostgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies

"I was very pleasantly surprised by the collaborative nature of this academic department which is based on exploring how human experience is contextualised in sociocultural realities. I have found my time here to be challenging and thought-provoking. Research supervisors have been exceptionally supportive, helpful and attentive to my academic and other needs. As an international student, the staff and learning environment helped me to feel very welcome and an important part of this academic community."

Hillarie HigginsPhD student

"I didn’t expect to be so personally challenged by the group work and theory. But I am completely hooked and finding it rewarding. I appreciate being recognised as a professional and feel I am adding to my existing skills. The reading list is terrifying. I still don’t know whether I will be more attracted to the psychodynamic approach or the person-centred approach."

Fiona FerryPostgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies

"The course has been a positive life-changing experience for me. It has helped to instil in me a new level of self-awareness, allowing me to question my own preconceptions and prejudices, as well as the origins of my thinking processes and behaviour. This learning process is brought alive through the willingness of the group to be open. The rich interplay of person-centred and psychodynamic counselling theories forms the backbone of the constant struggle to align the self with the frame of reference of an other."

Andrew ThomsonMSc in Counselling