College counsellors

The College Counsellor initiative offers a fully qualified on-site Counsellor generally on a half day provision. The College Counsellor is present in College as a satellite provision of the University Counselling Service, predominantly offering individual counselling whilst also being available, upon request, as a resource to others in College with designated Welfare roles, who may be concerned about how best to support a student.

The counselling provided within the College is exactly the same as that provided through the central service. The role of the College Counsellor is to work with students in a relatively brief and focused way to help them feel and function better as rapidly as possible through working collaboratively to make sense of the student’s experience and conceptualise their problems in new ways. They can then think together about how best to move forward, often using time limited, pragmatic coping strategies as part of the work.

In some cases a single session is sufficient, whilst in other cases further sessions will need to be offered. College Counselling often makes counselling feel more accessible to some students and the role is designed to bring the benefit of in-house provision to a College through the structures, procedures and support of our experienced University Counselling Service.


Find details of college counsellors in the table below:


College Email Day
Steph Pagio Balliol Tuesday
Wanderley Santos Christ Church


Sara Hitchens Corpus Christi Monday PM
Jane Enticott Hertford Friday
Kirsty Hunter Keble Tuesday
Susan Hargreaves Magdalen Friday

David Anderson

Somerville Monday 
Elizabeth Treasure St Cross Monday PM
James Cones St Edmund Hall Wednesday
Robin Steel St Hilda's Monday AM
Femke Stokes St Hugh's Wednesday PM
Jonathan Totman Trinity Monday
Marigold Brown University Thursday AM
Mischka Byworth Worcester Thursday PM


For additional information please read this document with information for colleges about counsellors.


Contact us

For College Counselling specific queries, please direct these queries to Jane Harris, Head of Counselling or Dr Melissa Barkan, Deputy Head of Counselling via our admin team on email:


Counselling Service
3 Worcester Street
01865 270300