College Therapy Services

At Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College, we are extremely committed to providing effective support for our students’ mental health and well-being to ensure they get the most out of their time here and beyond.

We understand that there are times when a young person may experience problems, feel under pressure, and find it hard to cope. Our therapeutic counsellors can offer support, understanding, and will listen and respond in a non-judgmental way. Ultimately, they will respect students’ values, choices and lifestyles as they work with them to help them achieve their therapeutic goals

Feeling anxious, stressed, angry or low? That’s normal – most teenagers are!

Here are some tips to help you cope:

  • Talk about it! Friends, family, tutors and teachers can be a great support. Letting them know how you feel can really help.
  • Be kind to yourself! Accept that it takes time to make friends or fit in – others will be feeling the same.
  • Look after yourself! Eat well, sleep well, be well. Self-care is vital.
  • Sit with the discomfort! You’ve navigated big changes before; you can do it again. Be patient with yourself.
  • Ask if you need help! It’s okay if you can’t cope, manage or just don’t get it. Our staff are happy to assist.

However, if your feelings are too intense or last too long, we can support you. We offer one-off drop-ins, short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy sessions, and can help signpost to external and/or specialist agencies.

We can also offer support with:

  • Factors affecting mental health and well-being. E.g. low mood and anxiety
  • Processing difficult life events. E.g. bereavements, relationship breakdowns, college-related stress
  • Difficult feelings. E.g. anger, fear, low-self esteem
  • Other issues. E.g. friendship or family issues, relationships, sleep problems, stress

The drop-in appointment days and times at PPC are:

Monday: 2pm-3pm

Tuesday-Friday: 3pm-4pm

And at SSFC:

Tuesday and Thursday: 2.30pm-3.30pm

You can book your appointment by contacting note: this is a first come first served system.

If you feel weekly sessions would be more beneficial, please contact and we will send you a referral form to complete. Once we have your information, we will decide which counsellor is best suited to meet your needs and then you will be invited to complete an in-person initial assessment. This is to gather even more information about you and your life so that we can create a plan to best help you. After that, your sessions will begin.

If you require any more information about the Therapy Service, please contact

If you are experiencing a mental heath emergency, call the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis team immediately on 0800 516171 or 999. They are available 24/7 and will support you through your crisis.