Counselling FAQs

What services do we provide?

 

Individual Counselling

Individual therapy consists of weekly or fort-nightly one-on-one session. Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. The therapy is on a short-term basis.  There is no cost to enrolled Yale-NUS students, including international exchange students.

 

Couples Counselling

Couples therapy is available for student couples provided that both partners are enrolled at Yale-NUS.

 

Psychiatry & Medication Management

After meeting with a therapist and a psychiatry appointment is recommended. Our therapists can offer a referral to the University Health Centre (UHC).

 

Group Counselling

Group therapy is an opportunity to meet with other students with a therapist to share and discuss concerns in a confidential, safe environment.

What are common concerns college students seek Counselling for?

Students come to counselling for a wide range of reasons. Whether you are facing stress in your day to day activities or wanting to discuss personal goals, we are here for you!

Most common concerns college students seek counselling include:

academic stress family or personal illness
adjustment difficulties fear/phobias
alcohol/drug useloss and grief
Anxietyparental divorce
body image issues relationships: family, friends, romantic, roommates
competition concerns self-esteem issues
compulsions & obsessions sexual concerns
Depressionsexual orientation and identity
eating concernsTrauma

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

Typically, students can get an appointment within a week or two earlier in the semester, depending upon mutual schedules and availability. There is usually higher demand for our services in the second half of the semester so wait times could increase. In a crisis, students will have access to a therapist within the same day or the next day. Subsequent appointment for students are available either weekly or fortnightly, depending on the severity of the issues.

 

Can I walk in without an appointment?

If you feel you need an earlier appointment than what the system scheduler allows, please consider if you meet at least one of the walk-in criteria:

Currently having suicidal or self-harming thoughts

Currently experiencing a panic attack

Dealing with news of death or severe injury to family or peers

Traumatized or disoriented from a recent event (e.g. sexual or physical violence, accident, news of a serious medical condition).

Can a student see more than one therapist or change therapists?

We prefer you stay with one therapist during your time here at Yale-NUS, as this will allow you both to collaborate, set treatment options and provide you the best care. If you feel it is not a good fit, please discuss this with your current therapist and they would be happy to assist and discuss options. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, please email us at counselling@yale-nus.edu.sg and explain your situation.

 

Update: 31 January 2018