Office for Student Counselling

 

Dear students, in order to provide you with professional support during your studies and provide you with the best possible and successful studies, at your disposal is the Office for Student Counselling, working to provide various forms of psychological help and support to you, students of Bernays, with the aim of attaining better academic achievements, increasing student success and completing their studies, improving the well-being and quality of student life and the prevention of mental disorders.

 

Why visit us?

 

During their academic life, students are faced with a number of emotional problems and difficulties that are not always resolved in a satisfactory manner. In such situations, psychological counselling can help students to cope better with life changes. It is very brave when young people decide to make an essential change and seek help to improve the quality of their lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

Mental, like physical health affects many aspects of our lives. During stressful and sensitive periods, such as going to college, changing cities or facing a new environment, independence in making daily decisions, time management, and learning and getting to know new colleagues, it is important to have support and assistance in order to successfully overcome current life obstacles.

It is not easy to immediately notice when problems become too difficult to deal with them. We all sometimes feel as if the accelerated pace of life “suffocates” us, leaves us powerless to deal with stressful situations, we feel as if we will “jump out of our skin”, we are unable to independently make decisions, and we cannot define what exactly bothers us and how we can change that. We are helpless because we fail to meet the expectations of important people in our lives, sometimes it seems as if all of us are seeking too much, we have problems in emotional relationships and all that impairs daily functioning and quality of life.

Studying as an important stage in life brings numerous situations for every student, with which we sometimes successfully, sometimes less successfully deal with. The frustration that you are experiencing and disorientation with difficulties can lead to a number of emotional problems, for which it may be useful to seek the help of professional counselling.

 

What we do?

 

Under the expert guidance of a psychologist and psychotherapist, we provide you with professional help and support through individual and group counselling, we will organise lectures, group and individual workshops, all with the purpose of developing communication skills, facilitating learning and reduce test anxiety and other problems you encounter in everyday life.

 

Individual counselling

 

During your period at university, there is often the need to ask someone for advice. Most often, these are friends, partners or parents, or sometimes you just have a feeling that no one really listens to you. You feel as if you might be judged or simply misunderstood. In addition to group workshops, in our student counselling centre, you can look for a one-on-one session with a psychologist or psychotherapist. The content of the conversation and your information is considered strictly confidential and shall be kept secret. For inclusion in individual counselling, interested students can write a short request and send it to the email: savjetovaliste@bernays.hr .

With psychological counselling, we want to help you better deal with your challenges and changes, developing and strengthening self-confidence, self-esteem, and potential, in order to successfully understand and overcome situations that you consider a problem.

 

Group counselling and workshops

 

The Office for Student Counselling organises various thematic workshops as a working method that enables experiential learning focused on the process, not only on the results. The workshop, as a specific form of group work, combines all the psychophysical functions of a person: emotions, determination, imagination, sensibility, expressing through the body... The workshop is social learning in which group interaction and communication, exchange of experiences, development of empathy, responsibility and caring for themselves and others dominates.

 

Some advantages of group work in comparison to the individual approach are:

 

  • In a group, we can meet people with similar experiences and problems

  • In a group, we can find a source of support and a supportive environment

  • We can learn from other group members, get inspired to new ideas, but also for the solution of problems

  • In a group, we get to know the differences that may help you look at things from a different perspective

 

How to recognise the need for individual counselling?

 

Students often wonder whether they are real candidates for inclusion in the consultation process. Ahead is a short list of student challenges and difficulties in which it may be useful to seek help and advice:

 

  • You feel empty, helpless, and everything you do seems pointless

  • An important life change occurred and you find it difficult to orient yourself

  • You feel a constant or excessive concern about different things

  • You are always tense, anxious, nervous and worried

  • You have a constant feeling of sadness, dejection, and dissatisfaction

  • You have difficulty in making important decisions

  • Panic attacks are common

  • You are anxious because of an exam

  • You have doubts about your choice of study programme

  • You are always concerned about the financing of student life

  • You organise your time poorly, you use it irrationally for learning and fun

  • You have a hard time setting priorities

  • You are torn by excessive expectations of the community and parents

  • You have difficulties finding your bearing in a new environment

  • You feel that your colleagues do not accept you

  • You are stuck in a bad or complicated relationship

  • You feel emotional abuse from your partner

  • You have problems with self-confidence and self-esteem

  • You do not feel a life purpose

  • You have a hard time because of a breakup

  • You are dissatisfied with the life you lead

  • You are lonely

  • You would like to understand some of your actions

  • You are dissatisfied with your appearance

  • You feel overwhelmed by everything

  • You do not find pleasure in anything

  • You are having fights with your parents

  • You are not finding a common language with teachers

  • You have frequent physical disturbances (headaches, problems with eating, sleep problems, sexual problems, etc.)

  • You feel an inexplicable sense of fear

  • You have lost confidence in your strength and ability

  • You have a rush of “dark thoughts”

  • You wish for death or are thinking about suicide

  • Your life is going well, but you feel the need for something more, you want to open new opportunities and make better use of your potential

 

Support to students and parents of students with a variety of health issues

In order for students with disabilities to integrate academic content adaptation to individual abilities and the constitutionally guaranteed right to equal access to education, at Bernays, in the Counselling Centre, we provide support for students and parents of students with a variety of health issues.

 

The status of a student with disabilities may be requested by people who encounter difficulties in overcoming daily study obligations because of following illnesses and impairments:

  • visual impairment

  • hearing impairment

  • speaking impairment

  • motor disorders

  • chronic diseases

  • mental diseases and disorders

  • learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD)

  • other medical conditions or problems that can affect studies.

 

The counselling is active for the purpose of support, but also to provide information and expert recommendations for an individualised approach to adapt to students with disabilities in accordance with academic standards.

To provide our students with various disabilities with higher quality and more successful studying at Bernays, our counselling team is available already from enrolment into the study programme. Counselling includes information on existing forms of support and provides guidelines for easy reference in an academic environment that involves certain academic adjustments such as:

  • prolonged time for writing exams

  • large print and adjustment of materials

  • taking oral instead of written exams

  • longer exam writing time

  • adjustment of the exam time slot

  • mediation in communication between students with different health issues and their superior academic staff

  • tolerance of a larger number of absences, etc.

Students can achieve the status of persons with disabilities if they have an appropriate decision and/or confirmation of the form and level of disability.

 

Student Counselling

Manager: Mia Flander Tadić, mag. psych.

Contact: savjetovaliste@bernays.hr