Counselling and Psychological Services
Free confidential, professional service
Our goal is to assist you to better manage your concerns and succeed with your studies. You can access professional and confidential service for free, up to six times a year.
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
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.