Whether or not to talk to a counsellor while you’re at university may seem an odd topic. After all, the fact that we’ve made the grade and have been accepted into our varsity of choice must mean that we are in a pretty good spot both mentally and academically, surely?
However, many university counsellors and mental health professionals can attest to the fact that there are a host of issues that come with your acceptance letter.
Let’s explore some of these to best prepare ourselves for potential challenges in varsity life.
Coping with Emotional Distress
As you go through life, you’ll no doubt find that emotional distress looks different on everyone. You and your fellow students may be suffering from feelings of loneliness, homesickness, career confusion or anxiety.
While some may be able to put these feelings in a box and continue with life on campus, you might not be one of them.
We don’t necessarily have to be suffering from a mental health issue to visit a counsellor, however. We may just be having some trouble with self-doubt, a little stress or even relationship issues.
Spending some time with a counsellor can help in the following ways:
It’s quite incredible how a discussion about how you are feeling, in a totally non-judgemental space, can be a relief on its own. When we voice our feelings or worries it helps us to understand them better which is a key step in healing.
Counsellors are trained as active listeners, which allows you to freely express yourself with some gentle prodding or guidance along the way. This subtle direction can help us to get to the root of problems or even find solutions on our own.
Depending on the problems that you are facing, a counsellor will be able to assist you in identifying how these stressors are impacting your life, perhaps identifying damaging behaviours or attitudes which should be curtailed for your own safety and wellbeing.
It’s good to remember that counsellors in university aren’t just for the weak-minded or the complainers. We all need a little help at some point, and this may be just what you need in this stressful time.