Mental health is as important as physical health. During the University years, it is very natural for students to
experience challenges as they work towards their personal and academic goals. These struggles include but are not limited to, adjusting to the new University environment, academic stress, lack of goals, issues at home, financial struggles,
loneliness, conflicts in relationships, etc.
Student Success and Counselling (SSC) provides free, supportive, and confidential counseling services to all registered
UDST students. These services help students to overcome the challenges that they may be facing in order to experience a more enriched University life. Counselors work collaboratively with students to:
- Resolve their challenges by developing self-awareness and skills to meet their academic and life goals.
- Explore options, identify goals and develop plans related to personal, family, financial, and relationship concerns.
- Deal with crisis situations.
- Create awareness through workshops and awareness campaigns, promoting overall student wellness that
extends beyond classrooms
Counselling provides a safe space for students to explore their challenges without fear of being judged or criticized. The process of counselling helps students to gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and helps them to come up with their own solutions.
Workshops and Awareness campaigns are an integral part of the services provided by the Counselling team. We use various platforms to reach out to students who are studying on-line and on-campus.
Accessibility students make up a vital part of our student community. The diverse student community at UDST includes students with various, psychological, sensory, physical and learning disabilities.
SSC understands the strength and needs of all students and provide various supportive services including
- Academic Accommodations like classroom accommodations and exam accommodations
- Auxiliary Aids & Services such as note takers and assistive technology
- Peer Support
- Linkages to other related campus resources
Book an Appointment
To book an appointment, visit Student Success and Counselling course on D2L.
Click on “Book an Appointment”. Choose “Emergency Meetings Only” in case of crisis situations.
- Select a counsellor depending on your program.
- Select your convenient date and time.
- Enter your details and confirm your booking.
Student receives a booking confirmation through e-mail and message notification with details of the booking.
Counseling services are free for all UDST students and are completely confidential. Counselors will not disclose anything discussed in a counseling session to anyone, without your written consent.
Counseling sessions will be focused on the challenges that you would like to work on. You will not be expected to share anything you do not want to talk about.
Counseling is non-judgmental. We assure you, that you are free to share about any of your concerns and you will not be judged.
How you benefit from counseling would depend on how open, honest and consistent you are with your sessions. Some of the benefits of counselling include:
- It helps you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your problems.
- It teaches you skills to deal with your academic and personal challenges.
- It provides you a healthy space, to vent out your thoughts and emotions.
- It helps you to unlearn unhealthy behavior patterns and helps you to develop new ones.
No problem is too small or too big to meet a counselor. A few situations you can visit a counselor include:
- If your life challenges are negatively impacting your academics.
- If you are having difficulties with a classmate or instructor.
- If you feel you are lost or not able to make decisions.
- If you are distressed and not able to find relief.
- If you are overwhelmed and need a trusted and non-judgmental person to talk to.
- If you are at risk of harming yourself or others.
- If something unusual has happened in your life.
- If you are being abused/bullied and you need help.
- If you have a strained relationship with loved ones.
- If you feel misunderstood or mistreated by your friends, family, or instructors.
To make the best use of counseling:
- You may think about what you would like to talk about in your session.
- Be honest and open in your sessions.
- Be consistent with your sessions
You are free to re-schedule your counseling sessions by letting your counselor know about them in advance.