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About the Counselling Service


Emotional problems can get in the way of your studies and life in general. If you find yourself having problems, you might find it helpful to talk to one of our professionally trained counsellors. Problems people come to us to talk about include:

  • loneliness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic
  • sexuality
  • eating disorders
  • bereavement
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • post-traumatic stress
  • assault
  • rape
  • dependency on alcohol or drugs
  • and many others.

We can also help with academic matters like exam phobia, procrastination and trouble concentrating.

The Counselling Service is available free to all students at Royal Holloway.

Meet the team

We're a small team of professionals based in Founder's West room 171.

  • Liz Armstrong, Counsellor (Founder's West 165)
  • Dee Raja, Senior Counsellor (Founder's West 166)
  • Pat Simpson, Senior Counsellor (Founder's West 172)
  • Rosemary Underwood, Counselling Caseworker (Founder's West 167)
  • Debbie Fyrth, Counselling Caseworker (Founder's West 168)
  • Nicky Rodgers, Counselling Caseworker (Founder's West 166)
  • Sonia Owen, Counselling Co-ordinator (Founder's West 171), Ext 3128
  • Helen Beaumont, Counselling Receptionist and Administrator  (Founder's West 171), Ext 3128

We're also supported by a team of Associate and Sessional Counsellors. Associate Counsellors are fully trained and offer their services voluntarily as they accrue experience for their final accreditation. Sessional Counsellors are accredited counsellors who support the team with additional sessions during peak times. Associate and Sessional Counsellors also work in Founder's West and support us to provide counselling coverage every day of the week.

  • Kenny Aruwa
  • Liz Butler
  • Jacqueline Cubici-Gonzalez
  • June Cline
  • David Flint
  • Liz Hawkins
  • Anne Head
  • Pauline Hollingsworth
  • Lauren Lakritz
  • Sue McGee
  • Karen McMillan
  • Phil Palmer
  • Suzi Poole
  • Rekha Savania
  • Martyn Taylor
  • Sara Thompson
  • Sue Kinder

Contacting us

To see a counsellor you need to register and then book an appointment.

For all other enquiries you can:

We're open from Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Further information

Consult the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website.

A copy of our Code of Ethics is available in our office.