Student Counselling Service in Edinburgh

A warm welcome to Edinburgh Therapy Service, where our student counselling service is designed to support you on your academic journey in Edinburgh. This city, home to four distinguished universities, boasts a thriving student community. We have a strong passion for working with students and we bring a wealth of knowledge in understanding the unique challenges they may face during their academic pursuits.

Our student counselling service

We are a counselling service situated in Edinburgh, providing support to individuals from diverse backgrounds. Yet, recognising the sizable student community in Edinburgh, we are adept at working with students and their unique needs.


While universities do provide their counselling services, these often come with limitations and lengthy waitlists. Frequently, individuals require more extensive support than what they offer. Although the therapeutic approaches we employ are designed to be time-limited, our commitment to your well-being knows no session boundaries. We’re here to work with you for as long as you need.

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Our therapists are qualified and registered with reputable professional associations for psychotherapy and counselling.

Problems we can help with

Navigating the academic journey as a student can be a transformative and enriching experience. However, this path is not without its share of psychological challenges. These challenges can affect students from various backgrounds, whether they are pursuing higher education, adjusting to a new environment, or transitioning into adulthood. Understanding and addressing these issues is crucial for fostering both academic success and personal well-being.


Throughout your academic endeavours, you may encounter a diverse spectrum of psychological problems. These are some of the difficulties we can help with: 


► Stress, anxiety and burnout: Academic pressure, exams, deadlines, and the transition to university life can lead to significant stress, anxiety disorders and burnout.


Depression: Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of motivation can affect students, often due to academic and personal stressors.


► Loneliness and isolation: Being away from home, making new social connections, and coping with feelings of loneliness can be challenging.


► Academic pressure: The expectation to perform well academically can lead to feelings of inadequacy and perfectionism.


► Financial worries: Managing finances and tuition costs can cause distress for many students.


► Relationship issues: Problems with family, friendships, roommates, or romantic relationships can contribute to emotional difficulties.


Eating disorders and body image: Big life changes, like starting university or moving to another city can trigger issues like bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Peer pressure can also lead to negative body image or self-image issues.


► Sleep problems: Irregular sleep patterns and sleep deprivation can affect mental well-being.


► Identity and self-esteem: Exploring one’s identity and self-esteem can be challenging, especially during the transition to adulthood.


► Self-criticism: Being overly harsh on oneself and frequently focusing on perceived flaws.


► Perfectionism: Striving for perfection in academics or other areas of life can contribute to psychological issues.


► Cultural adjustment: International students may experience culture shock and adjustment issues in a new country.


► Time management and procrastination: Poor time management skills and procrastination can contribute to academic constraints and emotional distress.


► Career uncertainty: Concerns about future job prospects and career paths can lead to anxiety among students.


► Impostor syndrome: Characterised by feelings of self-doubt and the belief that one is not as competent as others perceive them to be.


► Sexual and gender identity: Exploring one’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be a complex and emotionally challenging process for some students.

What counselling modalities do we provide?

Our primary counselling modalities include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and the third-wave therapies— acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). These approaches are centred on addressing present issues and are intended to be time-sensitive. Some may find relief in as few as six sessions, while others might benefit from several months of therapy. We customise each treatment plan to cater specifically to your needs, ensuring an adaptable approach to your well-being journey.

Our approach to student counselling

At Edinburgh Therapy Service, we recognize the unique challenges you encounter throughout your academic journey. Our commitment is to harness this understanding, coupled with our expertise in counselling and therapy, to offer you the finest support available. Our approach is rooted in evidence-based counselling methods, including CBT and third-wave therapies, meticulously customised to cater to your specific needs and concerns.


We provide a safe and supportive environment where you can openly discuss any worries or problems that may weigh on your mind. Here, judgement has no place, and our sole focus is on comprehending your experiences and actively listening to your thoughts and feelings. We approach your situation with a deep sense of empathy and compassion.


We have a deep appreciation for working with students as they constantly enrich our understanding. Consequently, we would be delighted to collaborate with you. Contact us to start the process. 

Diversity and inclusivity: Everybody is welcome

Diversity and inclusivity are at the heart of our practice. We wholeheartedly embrace and welcome individuals from every gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion, cultural background, and walk of life. Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is unwavering, and we believe that every person’s unique experiences and perspectives enrich our community.


We provide a safe and supportive space where everyone’s voice is valued and respected. Your identity, background, and experiences are celebrated here. No matter who you are or where you come from, you are warmly invited to contact us whenever you need.


Student counselling online

Whether you’re in Edinburgh or any other country, we can provide student counselling online in English and Spanish to accommodate your needs. We recognize that online therapy can be more convenient, especially when dealing with time constraints, making it easier for you to access the help you need. 

How can counselling help students? 

Counselling can be highly beneficial for students dealing with various psychological challenges. Here are some examples of how it can help:


‣ Increased self-awareness

‣ Stress reduction

‣ Emotion management

‣ Feeling lighter

‣ Improved coping strategies

‣ Enhanced academic performance

‣ Problem-solving skills

‣ Clarity in personal values

‣ Acceptance of thoughts and emotions

‣ Transition support

‣ Identity exploration

‣ Improved self-compassion

‣ Communication skills

‣ Better relationships

‣ Career and future planning

‣ Anxiety and depression reduction

Your student counsellor in Edinburgh

Hello! I’m Cristina, a therapist at Edinburgh Therapy Service. My journey through nearly a decade of university life has deepened my appreciation for learning. Yet, I’m well aware that this path can be full of challenges. From stress and anxiety to the weight of expectations, perfectionism, self-doubt, impostor syndrome, financial constraints, emotional turbulence – You name it, I’ve experienced it all!


I get how tough student life can be, but I also know that it doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. You can acquire new tools to navigate the pressures and demands without feeling overwhelmed.


Leveraging my personal experiences as a student and my expertise and knowledge as a counsellor, I’m here to assist you with your psychological well-being. I’m particularly passionate about cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and third-wave therapies, notably acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). As a fully qualified CBT therapist, I am aware that the skills and insights you gain through these approaches are not only invaluable during your academic years but also applicable to life’s broader challenges. 


My expertise lies in the treatment of anxiety disorders, eating disorders, OCD and I can help you with a wide array of interconnected issues, such as depression, self-esteem, impostor syndrome, perfectionism, high expectations, academic pressures, sleep problems, relationship difficulties, etc. Moreover, I am fluent in both English and Spanish, ensuring accessibility for a diverse range of clients.


Furthermore, my experience as a therapist at Saheliya, a charity dedicated to supporting ethnic minorities, has cultivated my ability to assist people from various cultural backgrounds. Embracing diversity is a fundamental aspect of my therapeutic approach, ensuring that I can provide effective support to a wide spectrum of people, and appreciating the richness that different cultures bring to the therapeutic journey.


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How it works


Get in contact

Email us to [email protected] and tell us what is your difficulty. We will explain you the details about the sessions and answer any questions.


Book an appointment

Let us know your availability and we will schedule an appointment for you.


Meet your therapist

Meet your therapist on the scheduled day and time, whether you choose an in-person session or an online appointment.

The Edinburgh Therapy Service is a psychotherapy and counseling practice based in Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom). We offer therapy both in-person in Edinburgh and online, available in English and Spanish.

Contact info

Contact us for more information or to book your first appointment: [email protected]