Counselling can have both benefits and risks. The process may elicit uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. However, counselling can also lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved academic performance, solutions to specific problems and reductions in feelings of distress. There is no assurance to these benefits. Students and counsellors regularly reflect together and review progress and development in context of the students' unique experience.
About the service: The UCD Student Counselling Service is a confidential service available to all registered students, free of charge. The aim of the service is to provide easily accessible professional psychological support to assist students with personal challenges that affect their lives as University students. Some of the typical reasons for students seeking support from the UCD Student Counselling Service include difficulties in day-to-day coping, relationship difficulties, issues around identity, academic concerns, family difficulties, social anxieties, mood changes, stress or past or present traumatic events. The university counsellors are professionally qualified psychologists and psychotherapists who employ a range of psychological therapies depending on the presenting issues and assessed needs of students who attend. The counselling team appreciates the different needs of students coming from other cultures and backgrounds.
Scope of the Service: Psychologists at the Counselling service have extensive expertise in working with students in relation to their psychological well being; we understand that sometimes students simply need to talk, while at other times students may want to address more complex issues in their personal life, in their academic experience, along with significant emotional and mental health challenges. The UCD Student Counselling Service offers one to one and group based counselling. Students can also be referred to other services for additional help if that is required. Many issues typically encountered by university students can be addressed with the short term therapy we provide.
The student counselling service is not designed to provide the following:
- Diagnostic assessments,
- Step down services post hospital admission,
- Reports for court purposes or to resolve medical or legal disputes,
- Long term therapy input,
- Psychological intervention where the best practice would require a more specialised or multi-disciplinary team based approach.