Guidance and Counseling Unit

Overview

Welcome to the Guidance and Counseling Unit. From here you will be able to access information about the Counseling Unit as well as find helpful information about a variety of issues you or someone you know may be facing.

 

The Unit offers students help with their personal counseling and behavioral health needs, including individual and group counseling, academic counseling, stress management and recovery support, crisis intervention, psychological screening and consultation.

 

The Unit also provides free consultations to faculty and staff who are confronted with personal and professional issues, thereby improving the general wellbeing of all members of the Technical University community.

The center has also been liaising with executives of halls of residence to organize seminars and workshops for students. The Unit’s active presence has also been felt by the larger community of Ho as it uses the Technical University Radio Station (VP FM) to share psychological perspectives on issues.

 

Our Purpose

Our primary goal is to promote a healthy campus environment and enhance student learning.  We help both staff and students to remove barriers to success and personal wellbeing. We help everyone to maintain balance, especially as they try to adjust to academic life and make the best of their stay at Ho Technical University.

 

Why Seek Counseling with us?

Mostly, people seek counseling for the first time because someone close to them--a family member, friend, or doctor--has suggested they get help.

Others, because they have identified specific goals or issues that they wish to work on.

In some cases, a person may be mandated to attend counseling as part of a court ruling or by a parent or guardian (if the person is a minor).

A common misconception is that people who go to counseling are "crazy."

On the contrary, having a mental health condition is no different than having a physical ailment

There need not be shame in seeking help.

Also, most therapy clients are people struggling with common, everyday issues.

A common misconception is that people who go to counseling are "crazy."

On the contrary, having a mental health condition is no different than having a physical ailment

There need not be shame in seeking help.

Also, most therapy clients are people struggling with common, everyday issues.

There is virtually no "right" or "wrong" reason to enlist the help of a mental health professional.

The help of the right therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering.

A therapist or counselor is there to work with clients or counselee collaboratively on whatever is most distressing or important to them.

Often in therapy, a client and the therapist will explore much more than just the client's initial presenting problem(s)--that is, the main problem that brought the client to therapy.

Together, the client and the therapist will decide the goals of therapy, and if the therapy should be short- or long-term.

 

Typical Concerns

The issues that are dealt with by the Guidance and Counseling Unit are:

Academic: time management, procrastination, test anxiety

Developmental/family issues: fear and guilt, anger, frustration, family crisis

Personal issues: anxiety, loneliness, depression, anger, guilt, low self-esteem, grief, alcohol/drug issues, self-harm, eating disorders, identity issues

Relationship issues: roommate problems, boyfriend/girlfriend difficulties, marital issues, sexual concerns, pre-marriage

 

What You Can Expect

Some of the services provided by the center are:

Confidentiality within the limits of the law

Courteous and respectful reception by staff

Counseling records DO NOT become part of your academic record.

No charge for services

Appointment  by phone

Walk-in service

Referral when necessary

 

Contact Information

LOCATION

Afese Block, Ground Floor,

Next to the Office of the Dean of Students,

 

PHONE

020-703-9932  / 024-4055-763

 

OFFICE TIME

8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday

 

Final Comments

Don’t wait until things are really bad

Feel free to walk in and see the Counselor

You can’t lose anything

Look out for each other!

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