LCoM’s Counselling Service is situated in Room 401. 

Students can talk to the counsellors about a wide range of problems, including relationships, fear of failure, eating problems, anxiety, self-harm, depression and alcohol or drug use.

The two counsellors at Leeds College of Music, Gill Barlow and Joanna Best, are trained and experienced in supporting students who are distressed and helping them to get the most from their time at the Conservatoire. 

We are happy to have a brief chat with you first, either in person or over the phone, if you are not sure whether counselling is for you.

Email or pop into 401.


All counselling is provided in the strictest confidence. Nothing you say to a counsellor will be passed on without your permission. If you wanted the counsellor to contact your tutor you would have to give them written permission to do so.

The only exception to this rule would be if the counsellor had very good grounds for believing a student could seriously harm themselves or others. In all circumstances every effort would be made to discuss the concern with the student first


Occasionally it is possible to speak to a counsellor straight away but at busy times you will need to make an appointment – appointments are often available on the same day or within a few days.

An appointment usually lasts 50 minutes.

There are several ways of getting in touch. You can get in touch by:


Our Counselling Service is open all year round (but with a reduced service during academic year vacations).


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