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Counselling service

While studying with us, you might experience problems or difficult situations in your personal or college life.

These problems might be related to academic or home-based difficulties, or connected with how you view yourself.

At Barking & Dagenham College, we have a professional and confidential counselling service which offers 1:1 counselling or group support sessions.

Why might you use our counselling service?

Counselling can help with a wide range of issues. Some of the problems students experience that we can help with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Problems in relationships
  • Family problems
  • Troubling past experiences
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Life changes
  • Sexual and cultural identity
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress
  • Academic difficulties

Our counsellors are here to talk to you about any issues that are negatively impacting on your life.

As well as working with individual students, our counselling service can offer workshops on a range of topics including exam anxiety, assertiveness and anger management.


All counselling offered at college is confidential. Staff will not reveal personal information about their clients to anyone outside of the service (including academic staff), except in the following situations:

  • The member of staff has the express consent to disclose the information data
  • The member of staff would be liable to civil or criminal court proceedings if the information was not disclosed (in such circumstances consent to disclose the information will be obtained if possible)
  • The member of staff has been given information to indicate the client is at risk – either from their own actions or from the actions of another – or the client is causing risk to another individual

For more information, to book an individual appointment, or for details of group sessions, call 0203 667 0450.

Additional support

The college works closely with external organisations to support counselling and wellbeing.

Talking Therapies, Subwize and Sexual Health Services are on site 2-3 days per week to offer advice, guidance, assessment and referral for ongoing support.