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WELCOME TO THE SOLBRIDGE COUNSELLING SERVICES WEBSITE

Welcome to the SolBridge counselling services site, where we aspire to flourish!

 

ABOUT US

Here at SolBridge Counselling services, we provide short-term counselling support for students, for any issues that are impacting on their studies (e.g. life challenges, relationships, family, sexuality, depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol/drug issues).
Often 3 to 5 sessions is enough to help to manage things better and get back on track but,  if you need more sessions, we can discuss this with you and work together to develop a plan or offer referrals if appropriate.

Anyone, at any time, can have thoughts and emotions that may feel overwhelming. The Counselling Service is here to help you explore how you think, behave and feel about an issue and help you find appropriate ways to make changes in your life. We are a confidential, inclusive service with a qualified counsellor trained in a range of evidence-based psychological therapies.

We value and respect differences. Our service is free, inclusive, and available to undergraduates and postgraduate students registered at SolBridge International business school. 

 
 
 

SERVICES

Moving towards thriving business students

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.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

Let's get personal

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: 

  1. Short-term or long-term, which depends on the approach of the therapist and the needs of the client.

  2. Can focus primarily on symptom resolution and can be brief, with a lot of structure.

  3. 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

Remote access

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.

 
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WHAT IS HAPPENING?

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SOL MONDAY

New Online psycho-education meeting

 

A FOCUS ON ETHICS


SolBridge counselling services adhere to the ethical code requirements for professional counsellors concerning the personal information of students confidentiality, informed consent, and release of information.
Students are fully informed concerning the confidentiality of their information. They are informed about the counsellors' duty to inform, and client-permission will always be required before any information or reports are released to third parties. However, clients need to take note of the exceptions to confidentiality, and the limitations to online, and group counselling where shared confidentiality forms need to be signed by all parties. 
SolBridge counselling services places the students' welfare fundamentally and principally first and foremost in all its counselling services. Honouring confidentiality is important to our efforts to promote the authentic wellbeing of all students. 
All information shared during sessions, and even outside of the therapeutic setting are handled as privileged and confidential. Information is only shared with the consent of the student, and when these life-threatening circumstances. The Counselling services do not share any information with academic staff. 

 
 

CONSULTATION HOURS

TUESDAY: 13:00-17:00

WEDNESDAY: 09:00-17:00

THURSDAY:13:00-17:00

FRIDAY: 10:00-14:00 (ONLY BY SPECIAL RESERVATION)


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 CASES OF AN EMERGENCY. 

 
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FAQ

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.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

STUDY BREAK

Thinking of taking a study break?

If you are considering a break from study on mental health grounds, you need to talk to all student support team members. It is important to visit the counsellor, assistance is offered with the process, and psychological screening is done to help students make an informed decision. 
Please note this support does not replace the role of student services and academic administration. 

WORRIED ABOUT A FRIEND?

Are you worried about a friend?

It's often very easy to spot problematic and high-risk behaviour in someone else, however, we should consider ethics before referring a student to counselling services. Please always ask your friend (s) consent before you e-mail the counsellor. 
You don't need their consent if there's increased high-risk behaviour like, mentions of suicide, suicide attempt, self-harm and being a direct threat to anyone. 

CRISIS

Are you experiencing a personal crisis?

A crisis is when you feel you are a risk to yourself or others. This could include wanting to harm yourself, or having seriously harmed yourself (such as overdosing), or where you feel out-of-control and unsafe.
The Counselling Service does not provide crisis support but if you are having frequent mental health crises, it may be helpful to refer yourself to the counselling services where a Mental Health Advisor can discuss your management of your condition and how to seek support and treatment.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Use the website

  1. You are at the right place. 

  2. Scroll down to the very end of this page. 

  3. Find 'Get in Touch section' 

  4. Please complete all parts in this section. Please indicate your available times-this is important. We only have one counsellor servicing all undergraduate and graduate students. If you give the counsellor an indication of your availability the easier it is to find a slot for you. 

  5. In cases of an emergency please include your cellphone number. 

  6. Hit the submit button. 

Direct e-mail

  1. E-mail the counsellor directly. 

  2. Please use the subject head to your advantage and indicate whether you have an emergency or not. 

  3. Include in your body, your available times-this is important. We only have one counsellor servicing all undergraduate and graduate students. If you give the counsellor an indication of your availability the easier it is to find a slot for you. 

  4. If you have an emergency, please include your cellphone number. 

  5. Hit send​

In person (Only when we get permission. Please comply with restrictions)

Visit floor 3 on campus, Room 305. When this door is closed please do not knock or try to open the door. 

If this door is open, you are always welcome to come in. 

  1. For privacy, you may close the door if you want, after you entered. 

  2. Ask the counsellor for a possible available time. 

  3. Give the counsellor some time to find her schedule, and give you options. If its a crisis the counsellor will try by all means to help ASAP. 

 

SELF-HELP ZONE

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Academic success is important. Mental health is central to academic success, thus it is important to take care of yourself mentally to excel academically.  Please feel free to use the resources provided to you in the folder by using the link below. This folder includes information on how to prepare for tests and exams, how to cope with the exam and academic-related stress.

Please use the link to access self-help documents, however please note this is not to replace the role of the counsellor. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RFi9Yta1lk1se9nnWH-kNLEjMJkrtmPU?usp=sharing

Academic success

According to research, one in four students experience mood disturbances that affect their daily lives. For that reason, it is important to educate yourself on mood disorders and the differences between momentarily sadness, and prolonged chronic sadness. Feel free to use the link if you are interested to learn more about mood, the early onset of mood disorders, experiences of anxiety and the results of clinical depression.

Please use the link to access self-help documents, however please note this is not to replace the role of the counsellor. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u3EJMhko8VLOjZLBVgHJFTJIJ1n97QbB?usp=sharing

Mood disorders

Relationships are imperative for many different reasons such as increasing our emotional well being, creating stability, learning how to be a good friend or partner, having someone to count on and trust in times of need and someone to vent to when we face challenges, and friends take away loneliness and make us feel included. The important part of friendships is that it is a healthy mutual exchange, to encourage non-toxic relationships please use the link and review resources on Healthy relationships.

Please use the link to access self-help documents, however please note this is not to replace the role of the counsellor. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wWDSswACf761lpAawdEWyPyTrjjyjXuR?usp=sharing

Relational Wellbeing 

 
 
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SELF-CARE: LEARN HOW TO TAKE INCRIMENTAL STEPS TO MENTAL HEALTH

Take charge of your mental health

 

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SET UP AN APPOINTMENT

SolBridge Counselling services is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.
Please remember to include your availability, it makes the appointment process much easier.

 

042-630-8800

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