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Counselling and mental health support

  1. Overview
  2. Types of support available

Types of support available

There are many types of support available to you, including individual therapy/counselling with a clinical psychologist (counsellor), self-help resources and workshops.

Individual therapy/counselling

We offer individual therapy sessions with clinical psychologists (counsellors) who provide evidence based treatment and resources. Therapy sessions involve meeting with a counsellor on your own for an agreed amount of time. 

Sexual assault service

Our Sexual Assault Service is a sexual assault outreach clinic available to all current students who have experienced sexual assault. 

The service is run in collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and our Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). A specialist counsellor will be available each Monday during semester to provide individual support and counselling. Visit us in person or call to arrange an appointment. 

Psychiatric appointment

For certain issues, we may suggest referral to psychiatric services. Your clinical psychologist will discuss this option with you if they think it could be of benefit.

Self-help resources

Our self-help resources cover a range of topics to help you manage your wellbeing. They are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional. 

Workshops

Throughout the year we run a series of free workshops. These are designed to equip you with skills to cope with the demands and challenges of study and everyday life. They cover a range of topics and you can attend as many as you like each semester.

Change is inevitable in all aspects of life. If we fail to adapt to change, we fail to move forward, but it is not always easy!

In this workshop, you will learn to define your own personal attitudes to change, while developing personal coping strategies for managing change and overcoming resistance to change. We will look at four specific areas in relation to change: understanding your reaction to change and how to prepare, maintaining psychological health, managing workload and assertive communication.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Tuesday 5 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Thursday 7 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

Making decisions and prioritising tasks can be difficult during semester when you have to fit in lectures, tutorials, work, sleep, fun, eating and more.

In this workshop you will learn effective strategies and tools to help you manage your time, boost your productivity and meet your targets and deadlines.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

11am-12pm, Monday 11 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Wednesday 13 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

Resilience is your capacity to respond to pressure and the demands of daily life.

This workshop will help you to develop habits that will increase your ability to perform under pressure, and live better despite challenging circumstances. You will practice resilience techniques that can be easily integrated into your day including how to stay calm, balanced and on task in the face of change. You wll be provided with strategies to enhance personal and academic resilience by learning practical steps to increase accurate thinking, self-awareness and effective problem solving.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Tuesday 12 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Wednesday 20 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

Do you sometimes feel like you are walking on a tightrope juggling competing demands such as study, work, family, and friends? Balancing your study requirements and life commitments is key for good health, but many of us find this difficult and lead an unbalanced life. By acquiring effective study/life balance skills you will have the capacity to be happier, healthier, and more efficient and effective in what you do at university and in other aspects of your life.

In this workshop, you will gain awareness around key study/life balance issues to improve general wellbeing and coping. You will be provided with practical strategies to assist you to enhance your wellbeing and more effectively manage your study/life balance, set achievable goals, and communicate better with others both at university and within your personal life.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Monday 18 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

12-1pm, Thursday 21 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

All of us procrastinate from time to time, but for some the problem is more serious. Sometimes it may stop you from submitting assignments on time or studying for exams. When this happens, it can lead to feelings of anxiety and low mood, which subsequently can have a direct impact on feelings of self-worth, disrupting life and studies.

This workshop will provide effective solutions for avoiding procrastination, to ensure you get the job done. You will first learn to understand what procrastination is and the negative cycle of procrastination. You will also identify what causes you to procrastinate. You will learn practical strategies to stop procrastinating and how to challenge your unhelpful assumptions to create an individualised approach for overcoming procrastination.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Tuesday 26 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

11am-12pm, Thursday 28 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

High standards can motivate us to produce excellent work. However, sometimes the drive to do well can actually impair performance. The need to do everything well can sometimes stop us from completing anything, or lead to us spending so much time on one thing that there is no time for anything else. When the standards we set are either too high or only achievable at a great cost, it makes it very difficult to feel good about yourself.

In this workshop, you'll learn strategies for achieving both excellence and wellbeing. You will first explore perfectionism, to learn how it works for and against us. You will then learn strategies for sustainable excellence, including how to accept imperfection, skilfully manage your time and effort and engage in activities that give you vitality and meaning.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Monday 25 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Wednesday 3 April
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

Healthy relationships are integral to people's happiness and wellbeing. They make us feel confident, respected, loved and secure. However, it is common for students to have a limited on-campus network, experience relationship break-ups and/or struggle to juggle relationships and study commitments. Settling in to university life can take time and it is not uncommon to feel confused, anxious, lonely or sad.

This workshop will assist you to develop and foster healthy relationships and communicate effectively. You will first learn why relationships are so important for wellbeing and academic success. Next, you'll learn practical strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships. You will also learn how to communicate effectively with other people and make an impact.

This workshop has four available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Wednesday 27 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

10-11am, Friday 29 March
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop three

12-1pm, Monday 11 March
Cumberland S Block S133

Workshop four

12-1pm, Thursday 28 March
Cumberland S Block S133

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

There are 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds in each day, but is it ever enough to get everything done? Why do we feel so pressured all the time to get everything done? Trying to fit everything into our everyday lives while trying to balance study commitments, work, and life is becoming increasingly difficult and these increasing demands are putting us at risk of the possibility of burnout. Burnout is something that we all risk facing but we can manage this by taking action.

This workshop will help you recognise the key signs of burnout and will give you the knowledge to notice and manage the symptoms, develop coping strategies to recover, as well as providing prevention strategies for future reoccurrences.

This workshop has two available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Monday 15 April
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Tuesday 16 April
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop three

11am-12pm, Thursday 18 April
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for this workshop, just arrive 10 minutes before it commences.

Do you feel like your mind goes blank during exams? Do you find yourself thinking ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I'm stupid?’ It is normal to experience anxiety both in preparation for and during exams. A moderate level of anxiety is actually a prerequisite for optimal performance, however the challenge is to manage anxiety so that it doesn’t hijack performance.

In this workshop, you will first learn to understand what exam anxiety is and how it affects academic performance. Next, you'll learn to identify what causes you to become anxious leading up to and during exams. You will also learn practical strategies for coping with exam and performance anxiety.

This workshop has three available sessions.

Workshop one

12-1pm, Monday 13 May
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop two

1-2pm, Wednesday 15 May
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

Workshop three

12-1pm, Friday 17 May
Room 514, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building

You are not required to register for these workshops, just arrive 10 minutes before the workshop commences.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Phone
  • +61 2 8627 8433
    or +61 2 8627 8437
Email
Address
  • Level 5 Jane Foss Russell Building G02
Opening hours

9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 14 February 2019

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