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An overview of Counselling and Psychology

The aim of therapy is to support you to thrive and help you understand how you can make some positive changes.

Some facts about therapy

  • Talking with a psychological therapist offers a unique space that friends or family cannot provide.
  • The ‘severity’ of a problem is relative; if something feels difficult for you then therapy is valid whether a concern feels small or large.
  • People who engage in the therapeutic process often find it useful, although sometimes challenging. Talking with a trained professional can help.
  • Therapy can enable you to help make sense of events or experiences and explore options for change by providing a specific opportunity where you will be heard and respected.
  • Psychological therapists don’t normally give advice and therapy is not necessarily a cure-all, but it can be very useful.

Students use therapy for different reasons. Some examples include:

  • To help work out why they feel low or depressed so they can feel better
  • To understand why they behave in the ways they do so they can choose to change
  • To manage their anxiety/stress better
  • To work through a trauma or bereavement
  • To improve their self esteem and confidence
  • To look at how they relate with others
  • To explore how they could function better

Therapy can help you to focus on, and understand more clearly, issues that concern you. By respecting your values, choices and lifestyle, the psychological therapists can work together with you towards making choices or changes that are right for you.

A therapy appointment is a chance to look in depth at your concerns, think about the cause of your difficulty, consider the feelings and emotions you may be experiencing as a result, and explore different ways to improve your situation, by drawing on your inner strengths and resources.

The Counselling and Psychology Interventions Team CAPIT- FAQs

The aim of CAPIT: The service provides an opportunity for all students at the University of Warwick to access professional psychological therapy so that they may better develop and fulfil their personal, academic and professional potential.

Who are the staff in CAPIT? There is a team of Psychological Therapists working to provide a comprehensive therapy service within Wellbeing and Student Support for the University of Warwick.

Who goes to CAPIT? People from all the different academic departments use our services.

Will it go on my student record that I am seeking help?

No. It is a confidential service. No information will go on your academic student records and the Psychological Therapists will not communicate with your academic department.

How many sessions do CAPIT offer? We offer brief psychological intervention. There is no set number of sessions but our experience indicates that most students require between three and six appointments. Appointments are generally spaced at two or three week intervals to give time to process and activate changes. Your therapist will discuss your needs and devise a session plan with you that suits your needs.

The aim for all our interventions is to support students to develop the personal resources and skills necessary to navigate the challenges and opportunities of student life. The emphasis is on effecting changes so the therapy will be generally solution focussed rather than on-going, regular 'befriending'.

How do I access CAPIT? Go to the portal at and submit an enquiry. You'll get details of the times you join a virtual queue for a brief online consultation with one of our Wellbeing Advisers, who will talk to you to work out your next steps, which may include arranging an appointment with a Psychological Therapist in CAPIT. The portal also gives details of how to access email therapy.

What's the wait time to get a face to face appointment with a Psychological Therapist in CAPIT? We endeavour to offer you an appointment within 2 weeks of your consultation with a Wellbeing Advisor, but at busy times it may be a bit longer. We will do our best to meet your needs.

Where is CAPIT based? We are in Senate House in the centre of campus on the ground floor. Currently we are offering sessions online via Microsoft Teams and email therapy and also (as of 1st September 2021) in person, face to to-face sessions. This will be discussed with you at the initial brief consultation session with the Wellbeing Advisor who will arrange your appointment (see above).

What sort of therapy is available in CAPIT? There are various theoretical models that influence the way in which the Psychological Therapists may work with you. Some key models currently used include: person-centred, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and integrative using a range of tools and techniques including solution focused work; EFT, SFT, ACT, REBT, and others.

As well as talking therapies, we also offer a therapy intervention by email - for details and to register, go to Email Therapy Service. We also offer the opportunity for group therapy sessions - talk to your Psychological Therapist for more details and visit the website.

Wellbeing and Student Support including CAPIT works to the University of Warwick's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies and as such we believe that every individual in our University community should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of a working and learning environment that is free from barriers, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex (gender identity), sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity status.

Thank you so much, [the therapy] has improved my self-esteem, made me happier and made me more accepting of myself. [Therapy] was a very good decision for me, thank you for everything."

Quote from the Service Evaluation Questionnaire