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There is one part-time, term-time counsellor at Havering College: Sangita Woods. Sangita is at Ardleigh Green on Mondays and Fridays (9 to 2) and at Quarles on Thursdays (9 to 2).The counsellor is here to support any student who is experiencing personal difficulties regardless of class, culture, race, religious beliefs, sexuality and disability. The Counsellor is professionally qualified and experienced and work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This safeguards the confidentiality of the counselling service and ensures that the highest professional standards are maintained.
Ardleigh Green, A111- Ext. 2035
Quarles QS216 - Ext 4043
(Main college number: 01708 455011)
Studying, producing work and meeting deadlines can be stressful and also bring other problems to a head. Equally, if something worrying or upsetting is going on in your life, it can be difficult to get the best out of your studies. Your Counsellor will listen carefully and try to help you make sense of your particular situation. Because your Counsellor is not part of your usual support network, she is in a position to be objective about your difficulties, as well as be supportive of you.
The Counsellor won't give advice, make judgments or tell you what to do, although she may offer coping strategies, tips and resources to help you through particularly sticky times. Sessions are free, are usually once a week and last for fifty minutes. You can come to one, or a number of sessions, during which you can talk about anything at all that is troubling you. Your Counsellor will not discuss what you talk about with anybody else, unless there are serious concerns that you or somebody else might be at risk. (please see the page on Confidentiality for more information).
Appointments can be made directly with the counsellors by email. You can also go to the Student Services reception, speak to your tutor, or to one of the Student Development Workers and ask to be referred to the Student Counsellor. Waiting times for appointments vary but the counsellors will try to see you as soon as possible.
Sangita is at College on a part-time basis. The times and days when the counsellor is available are as follows:
Ardleigh Green Monday 9am - 2pm, Friday 9am - 2pm
Quarles Thursday 9am - 2pm