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.（APA）
If you are considering counseling, it is probably time to speak with a counselor, no matter how "bad" you feel. Unfortunately, students often wait for a problem to get really bad before they seek help, and end up having more negative consequences than they would have if they had spoken with a counselor earlier. At minimum, if your problem is leading to difficulties in your ability to do what you need to do day-to-day (get up, take care of your basic needs, attend class, perform academically, get along with others, eat, sleep) you should probably seek counseling. If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself or others you should definitely seek counseling.
The counselor can help you manage with a variety of concerns including: stress, anxiety, depression, mood swings, cultural adjustment, eating concerns, traumatic experience, loneliness and isolation, grief, relationship problems, managing a chronic health condition, addictive behaviors, academic and career planning concerns, family problems, interpersonal relationship problems, couple therapy. Call us even if you are not sure if we can help – we will connect you with the right support.
Many people seek counseling for personal growth and/or because they need help managing the challenges in life. Some students worry that seeking help means they are "crazy," “weak,” or “incompetent.” Seeking help from a licensed professional is a way to work through a difficult time. Counseling is available because we know that many students go through difficult times while they are here.
It depends on the problem that you bring in, the times is affected by: how long has the problem occurred, are there any trauma in this problem, the environment you are being now. No matter how, counselor will discuss a treatment goal with you at the intake session, which is agreed by both of you. Even though at the counseling session, you can still adjust and discuss the treatment goal and the times with counselor. This is also a chance for you to learn the communication skills in interpersonal relationship, and you may discover your pattern of interaction with others which can help you change.
Probably the most important thing that students expect of counseling services, in addition to being treated with respect and concern, is that what they say will be held in confidential. We know that confidentiality is an essential part of what helps counseling work and so we strongly protect students' confidentiality. The Counseling Consent forms that students sign on the intake appointment outlines our responsibility to students' confidentiality. We will not release information regarding contact with a student without permission from the student except in a few excepted areas.
Talking with friends is a great way to get support, but it’s not the same as talking to a counselor. Counselors are professionals with specialized training in helping people who are encountering difficulties in their lives. They can also provide an “outside”, objective perspective that is different than what your friends can provide. Also, sometimes people worry that if they talk with their friends about their problems that they will be a downer or that their friends will treat them differently. Since a counselor is a professional whose job it is to help you, hopefully you will feel more comfortable being open about your problems, which will make it easier to get effective help.
Counseling is not just for those times when you feel bad. Many students find it helpful to talk with a counselor when they are feeling confused or stuck in trying to solve a problem or make a decision. Sometimes even when things aren't at their worst, you still have a strong sense that they could be better. This can be true for a relationship, your grades, or how you feel about yourself.
Though talking with a friend differ with talking with counselor, we still sincerely encourage you to have a strong connection with others, like friends, colleague , family, and etc, this is an very important element for you to recover from a bad mood, try to talk with them. Other than that, try to do some exercise to release your stress, read some mental health related article or take part in some activities to heal yourself.
The counseling service provided by Department of International Affairs is free of charge, in case you need to transfer to other professional, for example psychiatrics, then the medical fees is not included. The counseling will be held during the office hour, which is from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
All the TIGP and DP's students are eligible to make an counseling appointment by calling 02-2787-1418 or by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or add the counselor’s FB
.The individual counseling is a one by one session while the couple therapy is a two(couple) by one session. You will need to fill in an intake form at the intake session and the counselor will tailor and discuss a treatment plan with you after understand your problem.
The Department of International Affairs has a counselor for now, who is Miss Mei Wen,Fong. She is a Taiwan recognized counseling psychologist. She is graduated from National Taipei University of Education, the Department of Psychology and Counseling. She was working as the full-time counselor at National Defense Medical Center, and has accumulated up to 500 cases during her career life. Any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact with her.