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Counselling Services

Students at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig can access 3 confidential counselling services:

  • SMO On campus face to face counselling
  • UHI Online Counselling Service by email or skype (typing)
  • SMO Online counselling by email or skype (typing)

The face to face counselling service is most suitable for students studying on campus at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  However, if you are studying at a distance, but live locally to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, you can and may wish to attend face to face counselling.  Further information about this service is available by clicking here.

This service is also available for staff of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

As an academic partner of UHI, students enrolled at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig can also access the UHI Online Counselling Service. For further information hit the green button below or go to

The Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Online Counselling Service is offered primarily to distance learning students, who are not able to access the face to face service, but if you are studying on campus it may be more convenient for you to access a counselling service at a time and location that suits you.

This service is also available for staff of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Counselling is currently offered in writing only either by email or by texting on skype.

If you choose email, we will contract for a number of email exchanges and you can write your email at a time and location which suits you.  You will usually receive a reply once a week.

If you choose skype we would type to each other in real time, similar to face to face work but in writing instead of talking.

Online counselling may be suitable for the following issues:

  • a wish for change
  • abuse: emotional, physical, or sexual – ongoing or historical
  • anxiety
  • bereavement and loss
  • bullying
  • depression
  • difficult emotions including anger, envy, jealousy and shame
  • relationships
  • self-esteem and/or confidence
  • sexuality and gender
  • stress
  • other issues related to your studies, work or personal life.

It’s useful if ……

  • you enjoy expressing yourself in writing via text and computer
  • you’d prefer to take time to consider what you want to say and read back the exchanges
  • you can’t get to a therapist for face to face sessions
  • you want to cut down on waiting times which exist in many places

Online counselling may not be suitable for people currently experiencing suicidal thoughts and you are encouraged to contact the following:

Samaritans: 116 123

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

SMO Counselling Service

SMO Counselling Service: Privacy Notice

UHI Online Counselling Service Information 2016

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