Counselling and Psychological Services
Why see a counsellor?
Is your study being impacted by personal or interpersonal issues? Individual counselling sessions can look at a range of problems you may be facing such as:
- Feeling anxious in certain situations
- Stresses due to balancing the demands of family, study and employment
- Traumatic events (recent or older)
- Settling into life in Perth or moving away from home
- Difficulties and/or break-ups in relationships
- Problematic use of alcohol and/or other drugs
- Interpersonal skills
- Poor concentration, organisation, priorities and goal setting
- Study habits
- Managing relationships with staff and supervisors
- Pre-existing mental health concerns
- Or anything else that may be distressing or bothering you
In case you are unfamiliar with the way counselling services operate in Australia, our staff have worked with students from many different cultural backgrounds and we would like you to feel equally welcome to use our service
You may find some personal challenges come with studying in Australia that can include:
- adjusting to a different culture and language
- events that may occur in your home country
Workshops can provide you with helpful information to support your wellbeing and academic success. Our workshops are provided on request of faculties or student groups. If you would like to organise a workshop, get in touch with us.
You can choose to make an appointment to see a counsellor at UWA or you might prefer to use a service other than those provided by UWA. If you’re a domestic student, the Australian Government's Better Access to Mental Health Initiative allows access to counselling services through the Medicare system. Visit a doctor/general practitioner (GP) who can refer you to a psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist, and discuss a treatment plan with you. If you’re an international student, refer to our preferred provider agreement with OSHC World Care Insurance. This covers all Medicare-listed items including psychological services. You will still need to visit a GP for a referral though.
If you would like advice on an appropriate referral to an external service, we are happy to help.
To make an appointment, you’ll first attend a 30-minute triage session where a counsellor will assess the urgency and complexity of your situation. You can book a triage session no more than 48 hours in advance by visiting us in person or calling us.
At the end of the session, you will be scheduled an appointment or directed towards alternative appropriate services. If further counselling sessions are suggested, they may not be with the counsellor you saw for the triage session.
If you wish to discuss an application for special consideration, bring your completed special consideration form and any documentation that can support your claim (for example, an eviction notice, medical certificate, death certificate, letter from work or statutory declaration). Special consideration cannot be applied for during a triage session, but it will be considered as a factor when we are allocating your first appointment time or suggesting other services.
Individual appointments run for 50 minutes and all appointments are confidential.
Aim to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment, as you may need to complete some paperwork before your session.
If you’re running late, please call our reception on (+61 8) 6488 2423. If you’re more than 15 minutes late for an appointment you may have to reschedule.
If you need to cancel your appointment, contact reception. This allows us to allocate your appointment slot to someone else. You may also reschedule your appointment if something has come up that prevents you attending.
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