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What sort of problems can be helped with counselling?

Most personal, relationship or identity problems can be helped through counselling. This includes anxiety, stress and depression, family and/or relationship difficulties, sexual problems, and identity issues. It also includes talking over adjusting to a new culture and dealing with dilemmas or difficult decisions, as well as more specific problems, such as addictions or eating disorders.

Counselling aims to address all problems of psychological survival and coping, whether seemingly major or minor. Students frequently say that they didn't think their problem was serious enough for counselling and that they didn't want to be wasting the counsellor’s time. Talking to somebody at this stage, before things escalate, is often the best course of action and is to be encouraged. Don’t wait until a problem has grown very serious – we would much rather you came when something is relatively minor so that it can be resolved more quickly.

Short-term (i.e., four sessions) of cognitive-behaviour support is also offered by the service. This is different from counselling in that it offers very focussed, goal-directed support with specific problems or concerns of the student. For example, students presenting with stress/anxiety/low-mood/specific fears often find that learning key coping skills, grounding techniques, and goal-setting is more helpful to them at this time in their life than talking about their history or wider difficulties.

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