BACP Universities & Colleges A Division of BACP

Advisory Service

What We Offer To Members

BACP UC's Executive committee offers a confidential Advisory Service to UC members.

Although our jiscmails are a great way to share resources, information and learn from the experiences of other colleagues, dilemmas and challenges sometimes occur in our workplaces that we might want some help to process, or formulate a response to, but it may not feel it is appropriate to discuss the issue in a public forum.

BACP UC's Advisory Service is comprised of 3 very experienced counselling practitioners who work in various roles and contexts within the University and College sector. As well as drawing from their own experience, they are able to access a wide variety of professional and legal information in order to inform and support UC members. If you would like to talk over a workplace issue in confidence, please contact one of us - our details are below. Members often make contact with one of us by email in the first instance, but we may follow this up by arranging a mutually convenient time to talk on the phone with you about the issue in more depth.  

Please note you may also want to contact the Chair:

Jeremy Christey   or one of the special interest group committee members who are also able to offer advice and support.

UC Advisory Service members

Details of the committee and information about our experience and particular areas of interest, please see below.

Please feel free to contact any of us by phone or e-mail. 

Geraldine Dufour  (University of Cambridge )
My current role is Head of Counselling at Cambridge University where I lead a large team of counsellors and mental health advisors. Previously, I managed the counselling service at Birmingham City University after working in various agencies providing counselling services for drug and alcohol users, sexual abuse survivors and young people. I am a member of BACP UC's Special Interest Group for Heads of University Counselling Services(HUCS) and coordinate its mentoring and consultation scheme.
Tel:  01223 332865
Eamonn O'Mahony  (University of East Anglia)
I have been the Staff counsellor at the University of East Anglia for the last 15 years. I provide largely one to one counselling for staff and in collaboration with Staff Development run workshops and courses from time to time. I have also been a trainer working for 5 years on the one year full time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of East Anglia. I am currently chair of the Staff Counselling Special Interest Group.
Tel: 01603 592651
Mary Jones (Newcastle-under-Lyme College) 
Tel: 01782 254329