The Need For Counselling

Counselling is a process at which a counsellor meets with you, aiming to enhance your self-understanding and personal development, to empower you to cope with your problems and stress, to facilitate your adjustment to life and to assist you in making healthy life changes.

Sometimes we reach a point where we are unable to find solutions on our own. Not being able to find a solution to a problem simply means we are human – not different from others. Psychological upset and painful feelings are normal reactions to intense or abnormal events and are part of the natural healing process. Counselling can help facilitate this healing process.

We are prepared to assist you in a variety of personal development areas. Common concerns include – but are not limited to – the following:

– Puzzling, distressing feelings
– Self-defeating behaviours
– Low self-confidence
– Academic problems
– Getting along with others
– Marital / relationship discord
– Dealing with children / colleagues
– Career related issues
– Decision-making dilemmas
– Feelings of depression or anxiety
– Stress reduction and relaxation
– Time and task management
– Grief and loss

One of the five counselling rooms available in the Health, Counselling and Disability Services.

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a personal counsellor about anything you wish and to get help in resolving conflicts, solving problems, choosing a major, handling crisis situations, making decisions, and developing better coping skills. Staff and students are occasionally referred off campus to appropriate community resources. Our trained counsellor is available to help staff and students work through personal concerns and learn new strategies of dealing with stress. You can explore a variety of concerns that may prevent you from functioning at your optimum levels and achieving your personal goals.

With your counsellor, you will set goals for yourself and then take action to pursue those goals. You may decide to seek further education, enhance your skills, make changes in your current job, or seek a new job, or make lifestyle changes. Your counsellor can help you with preparing for any of these steps.

Individual counselling sessions are held separately in private rooms.