WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Professional Student Mental Health Counseling is the work of professional counselors who assist young adults, and groups with diverse needs through challenges in their life journeys. Counselors take a developmental perspective that people grow and change throughout their lives. Professional counselors understand principles of human development, psychology, mental health and change theories, and they establish effective helping relationships with people from diverse cultures. Counselors are skilled in the assessment of people and situations, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and in the application of cognitive, affective, behavioral, and systemic strategies to facilitate change.
Professional student counselors help clients explore their concerns and assist them in creating change. They work with clients to implement personal goals and/or advocate for system-wide changes. As professional helpers, counselors are respectful and responsive to clients and offer a safe place for people to share their experiences and to explore ways to cope. Counselors are skilled in implementing therapeutic interventions designed to help clients challenged by a range of circumstances including trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, unanticipated life events, interpersonal discord, social injustice, worksite disruption, and career issues.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES OR TOPICS?
Traditionally a culturally sensitive counselor offers services in regard to the following topics:
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties/problems with academic performance
- Difficulties with establishing relationships/isolation/loneliness
- Living in Hungary (anomalies derived from living abroad)
- Guidance counseling/career orientation - Parent-teacher, teacher-student relational conflict, and problems
- Adjustment issues
- Issues relating to spirituality and religious life
- Mobbing/bullying concerns
- Drug and alcohol prevention/problems
- Eating concerns
- Pre-screening for referrals to local psychiatric care or out-patient state/private MH services