Wellbeing and Counselling


Gwen Abernethy is a Person-Centred counsellor with 15 years’ experience in the field. Gwen is delighted to be developing a wellbeing service for students of UHI Shetland.

Gwen is passionate about people having the right to make informed choice in their lives; and recognises that for all of us, making choices about our lives and wellbeing can be hard. This can be especially when life events in the here and now or from the past, present us with difficulties.  Choosing to work with Gwen means working together at your own pace to create a secure space and a relationship where you can express and experience thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and accepting manner.

Counselling is a confidential place where you can meet regularly at an agreed time usually for an hour. Gwen will work with you and will never tell you what to do, but thorough discussing openly and without judgment what is on your mind we aim for change in your position.  These changes can be external, like making decisions about practical things, or internal, changing the way you feel about or respond to things.

Counselling is only one way of looking after your emotional wellbeing.  Support sessions, for when you just need a one-off confidential chat with someone can also be arranged.

Once you contact Gwen, she will ask you to fill out a short form to make sure the service is right for you.

To find out more email gwen.abernethy@uhi.ac.uk

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Our new Student Assistance Programme

  • You may feel at a crisis point or are just feeling a bit rubbish and need to offload.

    You can access a 24/7 out of hours mental health support line via Spectrum.Life. All calls are answered by clinically trained counsellors or psychotherapists. 

    You can talk to them about anything, including stress, anxiety, low mood, financial worries, loss and grief, relationship difficulties and substance abuse issues.  

    This is completely free to all our students, with a range of ways to interact from phoning, texting, Whats App, or Zen chat (through the web portal).

    You can also download the app for access to hours of wellbeing and lifestyle advice and gain rewards for achieving wellbeing goals.  

    Please note Spectrum.Life will ask for some basic details to ensure you are eligible to use the service. All services provided through Spectrum.Life are done so in total confidence. The identity of individuals and personal details will always be protected. 

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