The Newbold Counselling Service is available for all students of Newbold College. With many of our students being from other countries and cultures, studying, living and fostering relationships and goals in a new country can be challenging.
The Newbold Counselling Service is provided to support you during this time of transition in your life.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
- Counselling is the simple process of talking to a skillful listener about difficulties which are giving you concern.
- Counselling enables you to look at your problems from a new perspective.
- A counsellor can help you to make changes in your life or support you as you come to terms with things that cannot be changed.
- Counselling encourages you to identify ways in which you can adapt to or change the circumstances of your life.
WHAT COUNSELLING IS NOT?
- A counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do.
- Counselling is not a quick fix.
- Counselling is not just a conversation.
- Counselling is for one person and the counsellor. Any request to have two people in a counselling session must be agreed to by the counsellor.
- Counselling does not take the place of registered psychiatric services. If at any time your counsellor believes your concerns require formal medical treatment, they will request that you see your doctor.
WHY SEEK COUNSELLING?
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. There may be difficulties in your family life. You may have problems with your feelings, thoughts, or relationships. You may have a sudden life-crisis such as the loss of a close friend or family member. You may be experiencing or have experienced abuse; physical, sexual or emotional. You may be finding life meaningless or without future or purpose. You may have problems in your academic or spiritual life.
LENGTH/FREQUENCIES OF SESSIONS
Usually sessions will last 50 minutes. You may only need one session or you may need more. This will be agreed with your counsellor.
WHERE WILL THE COUNSELLING BE HELD?
Some counsellors are able to offer services off campus. Others will use the counselling room available on campus.
WHO WILL KNOW ABOUT IT?
All the counsellors are self-employed, trained professionals whose counselling work is independent of the College. Counsellors are not employed staff of the College.
The counselling request is general and non-specific. It will be received by the off-campus counselling support coordinator and forwarded to a counsellor.
The exact details of our counselling session will only be discussed between yourself and your counsellor. This means that details of your counselling sessions will not be given out to any other person without your agreement. This includes College staff.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
For registered students and their spouses, the College will pay counselling fees up to a maximum of 8 sessions. Students requiring additional counselling may negotiate fees with the counsellor.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN THEN?
You will be emailed a simple form. It will include your name, the general area of counselling (eg relationship, work-life balance, grief/loss etc), your preference for on-campus or off-campus counselling, and the times you are available and the best way to contact you. Please do not state any specific detail on this form.
Once you have responded the Director of Student Services will give your name and contact details to a counsellor who will contact you as soon as possible to set up an exploratory meeting to hear your request and decide with you how best to approach it. Together, you may agree on a further session or sessions.