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Durham University

Counselling Service

Support within the University

All of our counsellors have the skills to support you and you do not need to disclose the reason for your approach to the service when you call or email for an appointment, but you may choose to do so. You can ask for a same-day appointment, which would be a shorter assessment session, or an Initial Assessment appointment of 50 minutes. We try to offer these as soon as possible from the time of referral. Your counsellor can also arrange for sessions with the specialist worker from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre.


In the first instance you may want to talk to a trusted contact within your College Support Office. Support staff in the College are available to hear about any difficulty that you are experiencing. They will continue to support you, but may also recommend that you seek additional specialist help if appropriate.

Student Peer Support: Nightline offers space to talk about anything; from academic worries, to personal issues or simply to chat during the night. We will never judge or advise you, we will simply listen. We provide completely confidential and anonymous support, so anything you say will be just between us and won’t get passed on. The Instant Messaging service is open every night of term time (9pm-7am). Access through

Contact us

Durham University Counselling & Mental Health Service

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel.: 0191 334 2200

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