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Institute of Engineering and Technology

PERSONAL COUNSELLING


Problems, worries and concerns are part of everyone’s life from time to time. Sometimes problems can seem so overwhelming that you have difficulty concentrating on your studies and managing your day to day obligations. Confidential personal counselling can help you to understand and confront the challenges you face.

Personal counselling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Some of the reasons students come to counselling are; dealing with stress, losses, difficult relationships, feeling isolated or depressed, concerns with school performance and many others. Sometimes students avoid seeking help when they feel unmotivated or have a vague sensation that something isn’t right but aren’t sure what it is. Whether you know what is troubling you or aren’t sure, a counselling professional is available to meet with you and help you to define the problem and to work towards a possible solution.

Individual Counselling

Some common concerns addressed through individual counselling include:

  • depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • grief and loss
  • cultural transitions
  • self-esteem and identity
  • substance use/addiction
  • motivation, procrastination and time management
  • Group Counselling

    Group counseling has been proven to be an effective intervention for many personal issues. Learning from other students and sharing experiences while a professional counsellor supports the process can be a powerful therapeutic tool.

    Sometimes people feel nervous about sharing in groups. We never make people share anything they don't want to; you are in charge of your own boundaries. Once trust builds within the group, students are often surprised by how helpful it can be to learn with their peers.

    Group counselling offers the opportunity to work weekly on a topic for 4-8 weeks (depending on the program). This can be helpful for students who want a more frequent connection than individual counselling can offer.

    professional and confidential counselling is provided free of charge in a private setting. Counsellors work sensitively and respectfully with you to assist you to identify and resolve your problems/concerns. When necessary, our counsellors will refer you to appropriate services in the community.

    Counseling concerns may include:
  • stress management
  • substance abuse
  • dealing with loss/death
  • depression/anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • anger management
  • assault/abuse
  • relationship difficulties
  • school failure/underachievement
  • sexuality
  • suicide risk

  • To develop a successful mentoring partnership, the relationship needs key attributes from both the mentor and mentee
  • Trust and respect
  • Commitment
  • Ongoing and effective communication

  • A successful mentoring relationship is a process of two-way learning that is ‘student-centred’ and steered by the mentee
    Mentor
    Offers Support
    Has relevant knowedge
    Challenges the mentee
    Both
    Trust and Respect
    Commitment
    Ongoing and effective Communication
    Two way learning
    Develop skills and understanding
    Share ideas and feedback
    Problem Solving
    Find the experience rewarding
    Mentee
    Takes Responsibility
    Demonstrates good Time Management
    Prepares for meetings and keeps up the momentum
    Keeps the relationship on track to achieve their goals
    Shares any concerns oe expectations openly
    Shows enthusiasm and is proactive

    Being an effective mentee:

    Characteristics of a mentee include:
  • Proactive
  • Good time management
  • Honest
  • Willing to learn
  • Focused on furthering personal and professional development
  • Comfortable being challenged
  • Flexible and open-minded
  • Willing to move out of their 'comfort zone'
  • Professionalism

  • It will be the mentee's responsibility to arrange meetings, understand what they hope to achieve and keeping their mentor informed about how the mentoring relationship is progressing.

    Also, communication is key so keeping on top of your emails and attending meetings on time will help to let the relationship flow. But if you are trying to work on this, let your mentor know this as early on as possible.

    Being an effective mentor:

    It is useful to understand the mentor's perspective as it is a two way process and relationship. Your mentor wants to also gain something too.

    Characteristics of a mentor:
  • Supportive
  • Encouraging
  • Motivating
  • Empowering
  • Knowledgeable
  • Active listener
  • Good communicator

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