At various times, all of us have experienced distress or felt overwhelmed, sometimes because of certain events, and at other times for no specific reason known to us. And very often, we do need help.
It is a clinical service that provides comprehensive and evidence-based care to address emotional concerns and conditions of our students.
You may feel better simply by taking a step in the process. However, the initial assessment is intended for you to share and the clinical staff to learn about your issues and needs. Your treatment will officially begin with your designated clinician. Students are able to have an assessment in Student Wellness and Counseling without a charge to themselves or their insurance provider. Care will then be determined by a provider.
We welcome your feedback, both positive and negative, about your experience as we are interested in making Student Wellness and Counseling work better for you The more specific your comments, the more helpful they will be in our efforts to maintain and improve the quality of staff and services. You can also contact the department Social Worker.
Your well-being and comfort is of prime importance to us. We could help you meet a therapist or a doctor, or put you in touch with relevant departments in JSS AHER . Please let us know your concerns and we will do our best to address them.
Nobody unless you wish SSC to get in touch with someone and keep them in the loop about your situation. Your confidentiality and privacy are of the utmost importance to us.
No, not unless there is a specific person that you guide SSC towards informing, none of the mentioned will be contacted about your therapy and treatment without your permission.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.
All therapy sessions and medical consultations at SSC are covered by your student health insurance, and you will not have to pay anything to SSC.
We are here so that you can talk to someone neutral and professional. You will not be directed to a doctor or prescribed medicines till the full extent of your situation is discussed and understood. Please note that you will not be forced to take any medication against your consent. If your therapist feels that you may require medical intervention for your well-being, it will be discussed with you and the decision to continue the sessions will be yours.
All students currently enrolled for any program at JSS AHER are eligible to access SSC services. Please contact our office if you need further clarifications.
When you first contact us, we will offer you some time slots to choose from, depending on the availability of the therapists. We encourage you to take appointments that do not clash with your class timings. For ongoing sessions, appointments will be given in consultation with you.
Not unless you wish to do so. You are free to discuss your relationship with SSC to anyone you like, but only if you feel compelled to do so. At no point will the SSC team put any pressure on you to do so.
No. All records at SSC are confidential (only for documentation and treatment purposes) and not linked to hospital records, though it will be covered by your student insurance. Your visits at SSC will not be part of your academic transcripts or records in any way.
Talking to someone who is trained to listen, guide, and treat is known to be an effective way to address many emotional, mental, and physical challenges. It always helps to get another perspective on our thoughts from a neutral trained professional.
The nature of sessions depends on the individual therapist and your requirements, and you should always talk about your comfort or discomfort openly to the therapist. If deemed necessary, the therapist might recommend relaxation sessions or group sessions. Again, the choice to be there, to seek any help offered to you, is always yours.
The Centre is currently being run with a small albeit talented staff and we request your cooperation in scheduling meetings. Our effort will be to get you a meeting with the therapist of your choice, but in some instances, and depending on the urgency of the situations, you may be requested to talk to an available therapist. If you are already seeing one of our therapists, you can continue to do so with advance appointments.
There is no denying that there is peer pressure and social judgment around any mental health difficulties, but there is also no denying that this needs to be questioned and that the situation is fast changing. It is a sign of strength, not weakness, to ask for help. Everybody has some form of anxieties and everybody struggles at some time in their life. Surely this is reason enough to treat psychotherapy on par with any other treatment we seek for our health. The stigma is more self-perceived than in our surroundings. However, acknowledging the difficulties of visiting the hospital and in an effort to be sensitive to your concerns about privacy, SSC has been set up in a separate and private building.
Kindly keep in mind that an important part of psychotherapy is about finding the right therapist for our temperaments and needs. Very often, when this does not happen, people tend to question any kind of 'talking cure'. The only way to know if something works for you is to come to our Centre with an open mind and talk to us.
Talk privately. Take your friend aside, share your concerns, and ask them directly if anything is troubling them. Trust your instinct. If you feel that your friend is distressed, they probably are. Reach out to them or enlist the support of others. If you feel that your friend may be at risk of harming themselves or others, ask direct questions. Mentioning the word 'suicide' does not plant the idea in someone else's mind. Listen. Sometimes just having someone to vent out to can do wonders. Listen attentively and with sensitivity.
Do not judge. Your friend's problem may seem insignificant to you, but to them it's real. Acknowledge that and do not undermine their pain.
Seek help. Encourage your friend to seek professional help and point out that seeking help is a sign of strength and courage, rather than weakness or failure. If your friend is contemplating suicide, don't promise to keep it a secret. Reach out to other mature adults who can help. If the danger to self is imminent, do not leave them alone; seek help immediately.
Recognize your limits. You can offer support, but you may not be able to solve your friend's problem. Ensure that you clarify expectations and maintain clear boundaries. If you feel overwhelmed, enlist the support of others.
Nobody drinks, smokes, or takes recreational drugs in order to be an addict. In fact, most will insist they are in control, and they can stop anytime they want. However, pleasure can easily lead to dependence, and just as easily to addiction. Once addicted, the substance is in control, and one requires professional intervention, personal motivation, and a support system to return to holistic wellness.