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A counselling session may last up to an hour. Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come for several regular sessions and sometimes they may have long periods of time between sessions. This is something that is negotiated between you and the counsellor and depends on many factors including the types of issues that are discussed and the purpose of the counselling.
The counselling relationship is unique, in that the talking is dedicated to you. You get to speak about, and decide what is best for you. Counsellors are skilled at dealing with emotional distress, trained to listen carefully and respectfully and to facilitate conversations that might include:
You can expect to be:
The counselling relationship and experience is different for everyone and outcomes cannot be predicted, however most people find counselling beneficial. We have listed a few factors that can help make your counselling experience a good one.
Sometimes our beliefs or expectations of ourselves or counselling result in a delay in seeking help until situations become serious. Whilst no issue is too big or small, many people tell us that they wish they'd come to counselling sooner and saved themselves avoidable distress.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor to learn more about this topic please contact the counselling service on your campus. Distance students can contact any one of the campuses.
Please tell the receptionist if you need an urgent appointment.
Albany: Health and Counselling Centre Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone (09) 213 6700.
Manawatu: Student Counselling Service, Turitea Campus, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (8.30 - 4.30 during semester breaks). Telephone (06) 350-5533.
Wellington: Student Counselling Service, The Student Services Trust @ Wellington, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone (04) 801-2542.
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016