Life as an apprentice can be rewarding, fun and exciting, but for some it can also be a time of stress, especially if there are other issues in your personal life which may affect your studies and progress. The Chesterfield College Group counselling service is just one of the support services which is available to all Learning Unlimited apprentices to access. Our qualified counsellors offer one-to-one, confidential counselling on any personal concerns or difficulties, whether they involve your role as an apprentice or an issue at home.

Counselling can assist with a number of different types of issues, which can include:

  • Anxieties about aspects of study, including exams and presentations
  • General stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating problems/disorders
  • Bereavements and parental separations
  • Loneliness
  • Lack of self confidence or low self esteem
  • Managing transitions
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Traumatic experiences, including violence or abuse
  • Difficulties with alcohol or drugs
  • Issues around sex and sexuality
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger management
  • Worries about your appearance


Counselling aims to give you the time, space and encouragement to explore and understand the issues that are affecting you. The counsellor will be able to help you think about your problems from a different perspective. Their role is to provide you with a safe space in which to reflect upon your situation and help you choose and plan the best way forward for you.

What happens in counselling?

Sessions with a counsellor usually last for fifty minutes and are held in confidence in a counselling room. Your first appointment will provide an opportunity for you to explore your reason for coming and will help build a clearer picture of your needs.


Our counselling service is highly confidential; we do not inform anyone, including your parents and employer, that you have come to counselling or what you have talked about unless we feel you or someone else is at serious risk of harm. This is one of the fundamental aspects of counselling that makes it an effective way of helping whilst also protecting the safety of our students and apprentices. Any information recorded by the counsellors is for monitoring purposes only and is kept separate to all other academic records.

For confidential information on the counselling service available to you, please email