If you're experiencing challenges affecting your life or study, you can book in for an appointment with a CDU counsellor. The counsellor will work with you to develop strategies that are right for you. They can also help you explore different options for further support.
Counselling is common for people of all ages. You can seek help for a wide range of issues, which might include:
- personal issues
- mental health issues
- study-related issues
- family or relationship issues
- wellbeing concerns.
Out-of-hours crisis support
Counselling is also known as ‘talk therapy.’ It is a reflective process that involves talking, listening and action. The counsellor will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to identify your concerns. From here, you can develop strategies to help resolve those concerns.
To help benefit from counselling, here are a few tips:
- Prepare for your session – for example, writing down your questions or concerns often helps
- There are generally no ‘quick fixes,’ so give yourself plenty of time
- Actively participate and be as specific and open as you feel comfortable
- Review your progress regularly
- Engage with the process by undertaking any suggested goals and tasks.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment with a CDU counsellor, contact Student Support or book an appointment online.
Equity Services, Blue 5.1
Level 10, 815 George Street, Haymarket
Please provide your name, student number and contact phone number when requesting an appointment.
If the matter is urgent, please let staff know so that every effort can be made to get you an appointment as soon as possible.
Where possible, consent is obtained in writing and outlines the conditions, circumstances and details regarding the release of information.
However, it should be noted that, where the following circumstances arise, the counsellor is legally and ethically obligated to disclose pertinent information regarding a student to a third party, even if the student has not provided formal consent:
- when the counsellor makes a professional judgement that you and/or someone else may be at risk of harm
- when the matter involves domestic violence - it is mandatory to report domestic violence if there is a risk of imminent harm
- where there may be sexual abuse/assault of a minor
- where a court of law subpoenas the counsellor to disclose information
Other CDU resources to get help
External mental health services
External sexual assault and family violence services
Darwin Sexual Assault Referral Centre (24-hour call)
These local medical practices are reasonably accessible by students from the Casuarina University campus using public transport.
Casuarina Square Medical Centre
Shop 200 - 201 Casuarina Square, 247 Trower Road, Casuarina
Vanderlin Drive Surgery
38 Vanderlin Drive, Casuarina
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