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All SolBridge students are eligible for the services provided by the Counselling Center. No matter what your needs are, you can count on SolBridge Counselling services for the support you deserve. We see each student as unique, which is why all of our services can be completely personalized to fit specific needs and preferences.
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Individual counselling is the approach that most students commonly think of when they are considering therapy. Individual counselling allows you to create a one-on-one therapeutic alliance with the counsellor as you work through the issues that led you to seek treatment.
The counsellor will give you their undivided attention, support and guidance. They will work with you toward your individual development. You will explore your past and present experiences with your therapist and reflect on how this impacts the challenges you face.
In summary individual therapy can be:
Short-term or long-term, which depends on the approach of the therapist and the needs of the client.
Can focus primarily on symptom resolution and can be brief, with a lot of structure.
More non-directive and exploratory to gain insight and develop greater self-awareness.
WELLNESS GROUPS /GROUP COUNSELLING
Together we can
There can be anywhere between 3-5 students and one counsellor present in group therapy or what we refer to as wellness groups. The group counsellor will want to create a therapeutic alliance with each of the participants. However, the therapist will also encourage and nurture the therapeutic alliance and interpersonal relationships between the group participants.
This is unique and especially valuable to group therapy. It is not only the counsellor who offers support, guidance, and interpersonal feedback, but the entire group functions together towards this end.
Students often report a powerful feeling of connection and cohesion with the other group members which can alleviate loneliness. An additional benefit is a sense of universality and feeling connected knowing that others have lived similar experiences. This can reduce feelings of isolation or shame
Online counselling is an alternative to traditional counselling sessions. During online counselling therapy, professional counselling services are offered through the Internet. SolBridge students can use this service from anywhere in the world. It is important to schedule all remote sessions in advance and cancel within a respectful timeframe.
PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. COVID-19 RESTRICTS OUR ABILITY TO HANDLE STUDENTS WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. THE COUNSELLOR RESPONDS WITHIN MINUTES OF READING YOUR E-MAIL. SO PLEASE SEND E-MAILS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
Frequently asked questions about counselling services.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling enables you to explore issues that are causing you concern and affecting your university studies. Together with the counsellor or psychologist, you can clarify goals and develop new skills, insights and strategies to deal with the difficulties that you are currently facing. Counselling draws on your existing strengths and knowledge of what works for you, as well as offering a fresh perspective, as appropriate.
IS MY PROBLEM IMPORTANT ENOUGH?
All issues are important. If whatever is worrying or distressing you is preventing you from achieving your academic goals and enjoying your life, then it is important. Addressing a problem before it gets too big is often a more effective way of dealing with difficulties
HOW WILL TALKING HELP?
The practice of speaking about your experience is a powerful tool in helping you to make sense of what you feel.
Holding things inside can increase feelings of isolation, shame or blame. Having your experiences heard and understood by someone who has had the privilege of talking with others who have had similar experiences, can help you feel less alone and hold hope for making positive changes in your life.
Sometimes, it is a relief to realise that you are not alone and that what you are experiencing may be similar to others.
WHAT DOES CONFIDENTIALITY MEAN?
Counselling is completely confidential. Ethically, the only situation when counsellors may break confidentiality is when your safety or someone else’s safety is seriously at risk. If this was the case, it would be fully discussed with you first.
All counsellors are required to attend professional supervision. During supervision the content of counselling sessions may be discussed, but this is done without revealing your identity.
WILL ACADEMIC STAFF FIND OUT I’M COMING TO COUNSELLING?
Nothing that is discussed within the counselling session goes outside the counselling room, unless you and your counsellor agree that it may be helpful for your lecturer to have some understanding of your situation. You and your counsellor would then decide together, exactly what information you would feel comfortable passing on.
CAN MY PARENTS FIND OUT I’M COMING TO COUNSELLING?
SolBridge International Business School and Counselling Service is bound by professional ethics which prevent us giving any information about who is attending the counselling service. This includes parents. If parents do ring us in regard to their son or daughter, we explain that although we appreciate their concern, we are unable to give them any information without your permission.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY NOTES?
The counsellor keep written records. These are kept in a locked filing cabinet that is only accessible to the student’s counsellor or any other university counsellor who has contact with you. At the end of each year these files are transferred to secure storage and are held for 10 years from the point of last contact.
SELF HELP ZONE
ACADEMIC AND TESTS ANXIETY
Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada: this website covers major anxiety disorders - origin, symptoms, and treatment options
Togetherall: An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health.
BounceBack: BounceBack is a free skill-building website that allows individuals to manage their symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Insight Timer: Thousands of free meditations to help manage stress, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and more.
MacAnxiety Research Centre: contains information and resources about anxiety-related disorders
Informed Choices About Depression: a resource developed by a team of researchers, professionals, and young adults to provide information on depression including the best available research
Dealing with Depression (DWD): interactive online module developed by the Ministry of Children & Family Development for BC - provides coping skills and information about depression for youth
Men's Depression: a resource for supporting men who experience depression by providing tips, tools, service information, and success stories
Students Against Depression: offers comprehensive information on how depression can manifest itself, self-help strategies, and how to get further support
Talk Depression: information, support and resources to help individuals with mental illness and their families to progress in their lives
MoodFX: an interactive website designed to support people with depression and anxiety by providing clinically-validated methods for monitoring symptoms and functioning. Sign-up is required to access this free resource.
EATING AND BODY IMAGE
Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada: a Canadian non-profit specializing in awareness, treatment, and research of eating disorders
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC): provides information and resources on eating disorders, food, and weight preoccupation
Online Modules - Centre for Clinical Interventions: each module contains information, strategies, worksheets, and suggested activities or exercises
Sheena's Place: provides a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services for friends and families affected by eating disorders
Counselling and Mental Health Services, McGill University: access to downloadable audio recordings of guided mindfulness and relaxation such as imagery, self-compassion, and deep-breathing, among others.
Mindful Self-Compassion: Learn how to be kinder to yourself through mindful self-compassion meditations and information.
Pallouse Mindfulness: extensive free resources for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Student Wellness Centre, McMaster University: includes guided mindfulness and relaxation exercise and information on the theoretical foundations of mindfulness.
Videos and Practices - The Centre for Mindfulness Studies: a charitable and social enterprise in Toronto, Ontario, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies offers mindfulness-based therapy videos and guided exercises.
Your Health Audio and Video Recordings, Simon Fraser University: learn about and practise various mindfulness and relaxation exercises through guided audio and video recordings.
Mental Health Meter, Canadian Mental Health Association: can help you identify your unique strength and areas for improving your mental fitness. This is not meant to serve as a diagnostic tool – it may help identify things that need to be brought to the attention of a mental health professional
e-Mental Health: provides free, anonymous, and clinically-informed questionnaires to help identify mental health concerns that require help from a health professional
Check-Up from the Neck Up, Mood Disorders Association of Ontario: a simple, online, private mental health quiz that can help identify concerns that you need to seek help from a mental health professional
MENTAL HEALTH APPS
7 CUPS OF TEA
Anonymous and confidential chat with a trained listener for sharing things on your mind, seek resources, or just to talk!
Helps individuals develop an electronic safety plan for crisis and distress situations including decision-making support, the script for getting help, and information about mental health and addictions resources in the community.
SAM (Self-Help and Anxiety Management) is an app developed by the University of West England which features information on anxiety and relaxation techniques.
A simple relaxation resource delivering guided meditation tracks through soothing sounds and positive imagery.
Track your feelings and emotions to understand them to develop effective coping strategies for daily life stressors.
SELF-CARE: LEARN HOW TO TAKE INCRIMENTAL STEPS TO MENTAL HEALTH
Take charge of your mental health
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