Good morning, boys and girls. I'm Steven, working as the counselling administrator at College's counselling administration. Today I would like to talk with you about the counselling team of the school and the services you can be offered.
There are now three professional counsellors in our team here at St. Court. They are Louise Bagshaw, Tony Denby and Naomi Flynn.
Each of them holds regular one-on-one sessions with students, but you cannot start counselling with them until you should make an appointment with Naomi Flynn first.
Naomi is an expert in meeting freshmen and delivers a preliminary session in which she will tell you what you can expect from counselling; also she would ask you a few simple questions related to what you would like to discuss.
For those who are feeling a bit of worried about the counselling steps, this can be indeed helpful. Naomi is also the best choice for students who can only communicate with a counsellor beyond office hours.
She's not in the office on Mondays, but she will start working on Wednesday mornings and works late on Thursday evenings, so before your first class or after your last class on those days, you can see her. Louise is in our drop-in centre office a whole day.
If you want to ask some counsellors for help without a prior appointment, she will be the optimal one. But do notice that if you choose this service, Louise will either see you herself, or send you to the next available counsellor.
If you want to see certain counsellor each time when you visit, an appointment in advance is strongly recommended. Online or at reception during office hours are booking forms now available.
Tony is our latest-joined member of the counselling team. He is the sole male counsellor and has solid foundation and expertise in stress management and relaxation techniques. Anyone who is trying to handle anxiety is encouraged to see him.
A variety of techniques, like body awareness, time management and positive reinforcement will be introduced to you by Tony to help you address this problem
Each term, there will be some small team workshops operated by the counselling team, which last for two hours and are all free to the enrolled students.
The first workshop we offer is Adjusting. For some people, college education is found to be a big shock. It tends to be simple to get lost after the structured learning surroundings of school.
Therefore, what is essential for academic success in this workshop will be shared. As anticipated, this offering is targeting first-year students.
Getting organised is the service that the second workshop offers, where we are active to motivate you to break off the habit of putting things off.
We will try to help you get the most out of your time and find out the optimal balance between academic and recreational activities. In this workshop, we're catering to a broader crowd, ranging from undergraduates to postgraduates.
The next one is a Communication workshop. If you've come from overseas, the way people interact here may be quite different to what you're used to.
This workshop will recommend some ways to foreign students about handling many situations. For example, they might find struggling on how to talk with teachers and other staff.
It will also cover all aspects of multicultural communication. International students will learn a lot from this class, so we particularly encourage you to come along, but I have to say that occasionally local students can find it helpful as well. Everyone is welcome!
The workshop called Anxiety will be available later on in the year and it will target something you might be familiar with, that is the nerves and the anxiety brought by the coming exams.
Lots of students experience their entire academic careers like this, but surely there is a way to solve problems.
Welcome to Anxiety workshop and you could learn several ways of relaxation and the proper way of breathe, as well as meditation and other methods to keep calm. This workshop is designed for everyone who is going to take exams.
The last workshop we have is the Motivation workshop. The theme for this workshop is how to stay on target and be motivated during the long-run projects.
This workshop is only available for research students. Less-advanced students already have some workshops dealing with their needs. Well, that's it, thanks for listening. If you would like to learn more information about our services, do visit us at Counselling Service.