Myths and facts of counselling

Myth: People in counselling are weak.
Fact: There is nothing weak about a person who enters counselling. The individuals who enter counselling are, in fact, taking the first step in solving their difficulties. A lot of people would view this as courageous.

Myth: The counsellor tells you what to do with your life and how to 'fix' your problems.
Fact: The counsellor is there to help you achieve the goals you set and help you resolve your problems. While counsellors will NOT tell you what to do, they will help you explore the potential ups and downs of your choices.

Myth: Counsellors can prescribe medications, such as anti-depressants.  
Fact: Neither counsellors or psychologists prescribe medications. A psychiatrist or doctor is the only person that can prescribe medication. The counselling service does not dispense any medications. If you need a prescription drug, the doctor at the Mt Helen Campus Health Centre or your own Doctor will be able to assist you.

Myth: Change is simple.
Fact: Change is not always simple and may take some time and effort to put into place. Counselling is not a 'quick fix' cure to your problems, but is part of an ongoing process of change.

Myth: Counselling is only for people who have emotional and mental health problems.
Fact: While counselling can help people to deal with emotional and mental health problems, it can also help with a wide variety of issues.

Counselling can:

  • help you to work on ways to develop better relationships with partners, friends and family
  • teach you techniques to become more assertive
  • help you to develop better ways to deal with anger and other challenging emotions
  • encourage you to discover more effective ways to study
  • assist you in managing exam and presentation stress
  • explore ways to manage study, employment, parenting and the other demands of life
  • support you in dealing with homesickness
  • support you in making the change into becoming a student at FedUni
  • assist you when considering your options before deferring your course or leaving study
  • support applications for special consideration, extensions and exam deferral.