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Student Counselling Service. Being a student is a time of change. Often it’s great, but there can be tough times too … finding friends settling into a new environment difficulties with concentration new subjects, approaches, skills … family difficulties traumatic experiences. anxiety

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Student Counselling Service


Being a student is a time of change...

Often it’s great, but there can be tough times too …

  • finding friends

  • settling into a new environment

  • difficulties with concentration

  • new subjects, approaches, skills …

  • family difficulties

  • traumatic experiences


anxiety

difficulty concentrating

family tensions

lack of motivation

obsessive behaviour

difficulty sleeping

phobias

relationship problems

depression

social anxiety

problem alcohol use

eating disorders

perfectionism

addiction

self-harm

suicidal thoughts

Tough times can leadto different reactions


We can all experience different aspects of these reactions at times

The question is:

  • how severe?

  • how persistent?

  • impact on daily life?


Why talk to a counsellor?

Counsellors are different

from friends and family

  • they are outside your daily life

  • will not judge, criticise or make assumptions

  • neutral

  • only source of information about you is you


Why talk to a counsellor?

You might need:

  • space to talk

  • no pressure

  • professional advice


Counselling can help you to ...

  • understand yourself

  • think things through

  • acknowledge feelings

  • work through them

  • change negative patterns

  • consider options

  • make choices


Does going to a counsellor mean I’m a failure?

It might make me worse

I don’t want to be reminded of how bad I feel

What would my friends think?

I might get upset

Suppose I won’t know what to say?

I can sort my problems on my own

concerns when thinking about counselling

Maybe I won’t like the counsellor

It’s like saying I’m weak

I feel ashamed of my problems

Once you start counselling it never ends

If I go to counselling will it all be sorted?

No-one can understand how I feel

Counselling could get in the way of my studies

I don’t want to talk to a stranger

I really must be in a bad way


Coming to counselling

takes courage -

it involves facing yourself

Counselling is a commitment

of time and energy

Counselling is an investment in

you


Student Counselling Service

  • Assessment

  • Drop-in service (2.15 to 4.15 Monday - Friday)

  • One-to-one counselling

  • Group therapy

  • Workshops

  • Referral to other services

  • Consultation for staff who are concerned about how to deal with students in distress


The Student Counselling Service is

  • free

  • confidential


Student Counselling Service

  • 5 Distillery Road (near AIB bank, Newcastle Road)

  • 091 492484

  • [email protected]

  • http://www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/counsellors/

COUNSELLORS

Geraldine Emer Éamonn Mark

Connolly Casey Ó Dochartaigh Campbell

ADMINISTRATOR

Fíona Kennedy

HEAD OF COUNSELLING Bea Gavin

new

Alcohol

and

Addiction

Counsellor


Suicide Risk Factors

  • Current/past difficulties

  • Changes in sleeping/ eating/ energy patterns

  • Isolation

  • Addictions

  • Previous attempts

  • Suicide by friend/family member

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Suicide Plan

  • Depressed Mood

  • Dissociation


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