|What is Counselling? || Counselling is a cooperative process whereby two people, counsellor and student, work together to develop an understanding of something that troubles the client. You, the client, bring your current experience, your knowledge of yourself and a willingness to work. The counsellor brings training, and a readiness to focus on your needs and on what this particular experience means for you. Through this process, the difficult experience can change, stuck situations develop new possibilities. You may develop greater self understanding, and discover new strengths within yourself. Through counselling you often come to feel more in control of your lives. |
|Is it really confidential? || Yes, absolutely confidential. Nothing that is said in the Student Counselling Centre will be mentioned outside it. The counsellor does not reveal the names of clients to anyone, No-one will know if you are using the Student Counselling Center unless you chose to tell them. |
|Who uses the Counselling Service? || Most of all students do. A complete cross-section of all the students in the, undergraduates and post graduates, mature students, people starting or finishing or right in the middle of their courses, - someone like you. |
|What kind of problems can counselling help with? || Anything, large or small, that worries you. Often the kind of problems that don't seem to fit in anywhere else. Issues that students have brought include the following:-
Coping with change- often in transition to or from the home and school environment.
Worries about families and friends, Relationship difficulties of all kinds; and lack of relationships
Conflict with classmates ,Absenteeism to class
Concern about sexuality and gender
Difficult feelings, sometimes those you cannot quite account for, such as anxiety, panic or depression; The aftermath of unpleasant experiences
Difficulties with study, including, mental block, inability to concentrate, loss of motivation, fear of failure;
Difficulty to quit smoking, alcoholism
Postgraduates often bring difficulties in adjusting to a new role, or in relating to a department or a supervisor.
If your problem is not on the list, don't be put off. Try us anyway.
| How do I know if my problem needs Counselling Service? || It's not the facts, it's the feelings that matter. Don't compare yourself with anyone else. If something worries you, we are here to talk about it. |
| Is it a sign of weakness to seek counselling? || We certainly don't think so. We see it as an adult way to set about tackling a problem. We recognize that it takes quite a lot of courage to come and talk to a stranger about something that really matters to you. |
| Who is in control? || You are, as a service user. You can choose what to talk about with your counsellor. You can say what you think at any point. You may come for a series of appointments but if you want to end at anytime, you can do so. |
| How do I get to see a counsellor? || To make an appointment to see a counsellor come when our free. Our appointments are for 20 minutes and may be fitted into any gaps in your academic timetable or in your lunch hour. Appointments may continue on a weekly basis for two or more weeks. Because developing a shared understanding is crucial, all your appointments will be with the same counsellor, unless you ask to change. |