The counselling service is designed to help you achieve the best experience possible during your studies at the Academy.

It is a strictly confidential service available to students of the Academy.

It includes:

  • One-to-one psychological and emotional support
  • Referral to external specialist support services
  • Online information: detailed advice on particular topics is available on the Academy’s intranet.

Usually people come to counselling because something is bothering them and they want to talk about it. You do not have to be in a crisis to use the service, although you may find it a useful resource if you are.

Everyone experiences problems in their lives that are, at times, difficult and hard to face. It is at these times that you may find it useful to have the assistance of a counsellor to better understand and deal with the things that worry you. This happens through empathy and a non-judgmental attitude so you feel encouraged to express and understand deeply felt feelings.
Difficulties can often be helped with a fresh perspective and a range of strategies to deal with them can often be found in the counselling setting. Seeking counselling is not a sign of weakness but indicates a positive desire to do something constructive about whatever is troubling you.

The following information gives you an overview of the counselling process: what to expect from your counsellor, what your responsibilities are in counselling and the type of problems that may lead you to seek counselling.

Seeking help

Deciding to seek counselling is the first step to change.

Counselling often includes dipping below the surface and talking about things we feel uncomfortable about and tend to push aside in everyday life. Although disturbing, it can also be a relief to uncover and express half-buried ideas and feelings. These become buried because we think they are too silly or crazy to express in everyday life. However, they are acceptable in a counselling setting and are important to express if we want to have a better understanding of ourselves.

For information please contact our Counsellor/Co-ordinator of Student and Staff Support Health and Wellbeing Service:
Dani Singer (BA, PGDip, MAPC, UKCP/MBACP Snr Accr., Hon ARAM)
Telephone 020 7873 7303 / email

Programme Tutors

The Programme Tutors are available to discuss any matters with students arising from their time at the Academy and are usually the first point of contact. Each student is allocated a personal Tutor for the duration of their studies at the Academy.

The Tutors have overall responsibility for monitoring students’ courses and for the general pastoral care of the students. They are also there to assist and guide students in all areas of their curriculum, including performance and academic options, timetabling, progress and any other aspect of a students’ programme of study. The Tutors are an important representational link both on a day-to-day basis, between student, Head of Study, Professor and Music Board (the Academy’s executive academic body), and at the annual Examination Boards.