Student Counselling  Services Section

University Life

University life is a time of excitement and great change full of many opportunities. It is a transitional as well as a demanding stage of life that brings with it major changes and stress. These experiences can be challenging to our students and sometimes overwhelming especially when problems grow and appear impossible to handle. The new found freedom, demanding academic and other young adult responsibilities can impact smooth adjustment to campus life. Some of the approaches and solutions chosen by students in handling these difficulties can at times be, by themselves, problematic and worsen coping mechansms. Such unhealthy and unproductive coping styles can be substance use, poor nuitritional habbits, isolation, unprotected sexual encounters etc. However, such challenges may not be entirely avoided and need to be accepted as part of campus living and as the beginning of healing process and growth.

Students should find comfort and assurance that they are not alone as the counselling  services are available to them for support at any time. The counselling  office environment is a safe and friendly environment for students who wish to receive psychosocial support and help. Students are encouraged to visit the counselling  offices where they will find professional and experienced counselors ready to listen, have confidential discussions and open conversations about their personal problems. Sometimes students may be in need of help but through others’(fellow students, friends, peers, faculty and other staff, family, spouse) observation of changes in behaviour and may recommend counselling . Suggestions by others should not be taken as an offense but as genuine brotherly and sisterly concerns for the students benefit. Laikipia University environment is another family home where we are each other’s brothers and sisters keepers.

Aims/Objectives of Counselling

Student’s participation in counselling services can result in a number of benefits;

  • Building resilience
  • Improved coping skills and enhancing problem solving
  • Self-awareness and empowerment
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
  • Expanded and healthy perspective in life
  • Making healthier and productive choices
  • Reduction of the impact of problems to a minimum
  • Resolution of the specific concerns that lead one to seek therapy
  • Crisis management and intervention etc.

However, working towards these benefits will require effort on the student’s part. Counselling requires a very active presence, honesty, and openness in order to change maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior. The counselor may challenge some of your assumptions or perceptions or propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or handling situations, which can cause one to feel very upset, challenged, or disappointed. Attempting to resolve issues that brought one to therapy in the first place, such as personal or interpersonal relationships, may result in changes that were not originally intended. During the counselling process, the counselor is likely to draw on various approaches according to the problem that is being handled and his/her assessment of what will best benefit you.

Counselling Services Provided

Counselling can take many forms including;

  • Individual/one on one counselling
  • Couple counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Group counselling
  • Assessment

Referrals

After the first or successive counselling meetings, the counsellor will assess if s/he is of benefit to you. The therapist does not work with patients who, in his/her opinion, s/he cannot help.  In such a case, if appropriate, he will suggest appropriate referrals that you can contact. Referrals can be made to;

  • Peer counsellors
  • Another counsellor or psychologist
  • Medical doctor or specialist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social worker
  • Chaplain

Issues Dealt with in Counselling

  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Sexuality and identity issues
  • Relationships and family issues
  • Academic and career challenges
  • Adjustment and transition difficulties
  • Mental health and other psychological problems

Laikipedia

 This is a section on the webpage for facts, things to know, daily quotes on mental health from various sources.

Weekly Articles

The page will carry articles on a weekly basis that seeks to inform students on mental health issues. Information is power and the articles will help demystify and help address stigma associated with mental health.

Counsellors and their Contacts

  1. Eveline Aketch 0722463883
  2. Carol Maina 0710861836
  3. Mercy Njue 0729026835
  4. Job Letoo 0705924709

Email: counselling@laikipia.ac.ke

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