Students from all degrees and backgrounds seek counselling at Griffith for a wide range of personal and study-related issues. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, relationship troubles, study worries or past or recent traumas, seeing a counsellor can help you to work through your issues and improve your state of mind.
What can I expect?
Your time in counselling will be unique, based on your life experiences. You may choose to see us in person or we can conduct sessions over the phone or online. During your sessions, a variety of thoughts and feelings may come up. You may notice changes in your thinking, emotions and behaviour, reactions to others and your general wellbeing. Having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve through counselling, and each session you attend, will help focus on what’s most beneficial to you. Your trust, comfort and connection to your counsellor can strengthen the benefits of counselling. Your beliefs about change and what’s possible can also positively influence your counselling experience, as can your willingness to talk about yourself and your life.
Counselling is a partnership between you and a counsellor, a creative process where you work together to:
- improve your general wellbeing and resilience
- transform unhelpful thoughts, feelings or behaviours
- develop new insight, strengths and skills
- recover from a challenging life event
- create the choices and future you want
Counselling involves a degree of personal curiosity, patience and commitment.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
Many students only attend counselling once or twice before feeling better. Within three sessions, about 75% of students in significant emotional distress experience positive and lasting change in their wellbeing.
Positives changes can include:
- significant reduction in symptoms or issues, such as improved mood and daily functioning
- favourable behavioural changes, such as healthier relationships or doing activities that matter to you
- internal changes, such as feeling more confident and understanding yourself and others better.
On average, students with high emotional distress attend for about four counselling sessions.
Are my sessions confidential?
We maintain confidentiality at all times and will not disclose anything to anybody about you unless:
- you ask us to do so and this is agreed at interview, or
- you give us written permission to do so, or
- we are required by law to do so, or
- there are compelling reasons such as significant risk to you or someone else
We keep any confidential documents concerning clients for the required number of years after last contact.