Looking after your health and wellbeing is essential to being your best at The University of Melbourne. Life at university can be exciting and interesting, as well as bring challenges such as adjusting to a new environment and the general stress of student life. Sometimes, it can be difficult to reach out to family and friends, or deal with things by ourselves. Counselling can be helpful during these times.
Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students and staff at The University of Melbourne.
Why Seek Counselling?
People attend counselling to talk about personal, emotional, or mental health issues which might be affecting their study and life. Common issues that people seek counselling for include:
- Life transitions, such as adjusting to university
- Cultural adjustment
- Study and career issues
- Grief and loss
- Addictive behaviours
- Eating or body image concerns
- Traumatic experiences
- Loneliness and isolation
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Relationship issues
No issue is too big or too small to get support. You may have a longstanding concern, be facing new challenges at university, or simply feel like something isn’t quite right. In every instance, CAPS is here for you.
Our Counsellors are clinical or counselling psychologists and mental health social workers who are experienced in working with a variety of people and presenting issues. Counsellors aim to help by:
- Creating a safe, non-judgmental space to listen to you
- Being an impartial person who you can share your thoughts and feelings with
- Gaining a clearer understanding of your situation, which can include an assessment of your mental health
- Offering a different perspective of the issue or problem
- Utilising evidence-based psychological interventions to improve your coping skills
- Offering advice and information on support and services at UniMelb
- Referring you to another professional who can better help you, if necessary (e.g., private psychologist, psychiatrist, GP, specialist mental health services)
CAPS is committed to being a professional and respectful service that values diversity of culture, beliefs, gender, and sexuality.
We acknowledge there are a wide range of unique challenges facing people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+), and provide specialist counselling for LGBTIQ+ students and staff.