Counselling FAQs

About Mental Health & Counselling

Counselling@Yale-NUS is here to help you gain understanding and insight into difficulties you may be experiencing, to develop emotional resilience and put into effect real change, enabling you to fulfill your academic and personal potential. We offer no cost confidential support to all enrolled Yale-NUS students.

What are common concerns college students seek Counselling for?

Students come to counseling 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
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues
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 concernstraumatic experiences

Yale-NUS Counselling Services

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.

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. Our service is considering group therapy options for upcoming semesters.

Psychiatry & Medication Management

We currently have a psychiatrist who sees students with a referral from  our therapists. Medication is prescribed when appropriate in the context of ongoing treatment.



Yes, everything in the counselling session is confidential and will not be shared with anyone except under the following conditions (1) perceived risks to commit serious harm to yourself or others (2) information indicating the abuse of children or elderly (3) valuable information during a medical emergency (4) an order from the court to disclose information.

Making an appointment & first visit

Click here to book a Counselling appointment.

During your initial appointment, you will be asked to take two assessments on an iPad. These assessments will help your therapist to assess for depression, anxiety, or any other concerns, and discuss treatment options. Feel free to come 10 minutes earlier to complete assessments.



Selecting a Therapist?

Click here to meet our therapists. We are a team of professionals, representing diverse backgrounds and trained in numerous modalities. Depending upon mutual schedules and availability you may choose the therapist that best fits your needs.

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

Typically, students can get an appointment within a week or two during the first half of 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 go up to three or four weeks. 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.


What if I need an earlier 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 and explain your situation.


Couples therapy?

Yes, we do see couples. Couples therapy is provided to student couples provided that both students are enrolled at Yale-NUS. If you are new to our counselling centre please call 6601-5557 or email to book an appointment, explain you are booking a couple’s session, and indicate who your partner is. If you are currently seeing a therapist, please discuss this with them, and collaborate on best options.

What if I need medication to cope with my mental health?

We can assist. If you are currently seeing one of our therapists, do discuss this with them. If you do not have an upcoming appointment , book an appointment with our therapist to be assessed and discuss options. We currently have a psychiatrist who sees students with a referral from our therapists.


What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a type of counselling in which a small group of people meet weekly to discuss their concerns and problems. A therapist leads the group by helping to facilitate these conversations. There may be a group facilitator helping the therapist. Group members use feedback from others in the group to develop new perspectives and reflect on their experiences. Some groups offer concrete skills and strategies while others are less structured in nature, giving group members the time and space to explore ideas, gain insight and understand more about oneself. Counselling@Yale-NUS is considering group therapy options for upcoming semesters.



Update: 31 January 2018