- Category: Students Affairs
What is counseling?
Counseling is a systematic process of helping students through difficult times by using various counseling skills and therapeutic approaches to enable them to overcome their difficulties. Counseling is offered by professionally trained counselors who have the knowledge, skills and expertise to help in complete confidentiality.
Counseling will provide you with unconditional support with respect to your competencies.
Why seek counseling?
At times life is just difficult and thing don’t go the way we want them to and feel we have no control over our lives. Everyone goes through a phase of feeling lonely and wish they had somebody who can understand them and help seek direction or a fresh new look to life. While sometimes we learn to cope on our own there are times when we think we need help. Counseling can thus help you to explore possibilities, pay more focus on the goal you wish to achieve or new ways to think about completing one’s academic pursuits successfully or any life time skills – like decision making or positive ways of dealing with emotions. Students can even seek for counseling for reasons including high stress levels, depressed or sad mood, lack of concentration, poor eating habits, difficulty adjusting to new surroundings, adjustment issues, death or loss, career choice, study skills or life after graduation.
Very often, students just need a place to safely vent frustrations or talk about themselves or their concerns.
What can you expect from counseling?
- To be treated with dignity and worth
- To be listened to attentively
- To be informed about your rights and responsibilities
- To be treated with a non judgmental attitude
- To be informed about referral services
- To take you through the counseling sessions successfully
- To be provided with adequate information and resources as needed
- To help you make the right decision
- To hold information confidential
What factors can help make counseling beneficial?
Counseling experience differs from person to person but some of the ways that can help in making counseling work for you are
- Being convinced that you need help
- Be honest about your feelings and problems
- To believe that counseling will help
- To believe in the counselor’s knowledge, skills and ability
- To be willing to accept change
- To attend to counseling sessions on time and participate actively
- To implement the goals set in the counseling process
Confidentiality and Privileged Communications
The most sacred principle of counseling is to protect the confidentiality of the student as well as act in his/her best interests. Hence, all counseling sessions are held in very high levels of confidentiality. Information will be legitimately discussed only with the permission, approval or written consent of the student.