Individual Counseling

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What is it?

Individual psychological counseling is a professional helping process which provides clients (who apply for help voluntarily) with self-knowledge about themselves and an understanding of their own feelings, thoughts and behaviors as well as working over the concerns that the clients want to change/improve for themselves.

Who can apply?

METU students

When to apply?

For appointment, you can call, visit, or e-mail us.

GUIDELINE FOR INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING PROCESS

Individual psychological counseling is a professional helping process which provides clients (who have applied for help voluntarily) self-knowledge about themselves and an understanding of their own feelings, thoughts and behaviors as well as working over the parts that clients want to change/improve for themselves. In this process, clients are expected to take the responsibility of their own behaviors and experiences.

  • In order for students to benefit from individual psychological counseling from center, it is important that they should be willing to get help and participate actively and regularly in the process.
  • For the clients who want to get individual counseling, they should call 0312 210 71 75; send an e-mail to ogem@metu.edu.tr or come to the center in person to get an appointment for intake interview.
  • In intake interview followed by appointment, client’s expectations about the process and her/his overall goals to be achieved are tried to be defined by the client. Psychological counselors in our center can refer clients based on their needs. (Due to an increase in the number of clients who need help from our center, each client is written on a list. Therefore, clients who have problems related to academic life will be given priority; clients applying with other problem areas (personal, social, etc.) will be referred).      
  • Confidentiality is essential in all sessions. What is shared in sessions will always be kept between counselor and client. It is the responsibility of Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching to provide confidentiality at all times.
  • Each individual counseling session lasts 50 minutes and is performed once a week. The maximum number of session for each client is 12. Although there are 12 sessions and the client still wants to continue counseling sessions, 1 or 2 more sessions can be done if the counselor approves this situation as well. If the same client needs more help again, the individual counseling sessions can be started again after some time.   
  • If the client wants to cancel the session due to an emergency, she/he is required to inform the counselor 24 hours before the session so that it can be rescheduled to another client if necessary.
  • When the clients are late for 15 minutes without informing the counselor, the session of that week will be cancelled. If the time is less than 15 minutes, it will be dropped from the overall time. (For example, if you have a session starting at 14.00 and finishing at 14.50, let’s suppose that you come at 14.10, it means the session will not be extended and you will have 40 minutes instead of 50).
  • When a client does not come to two running sessions and he/she does not get in contact with the counselor about this, counseling process will be terminated for that client supposing that the client does not want to continue. Then, another client can be called from the list to start individual counseling.
  • If the clients need it, a follow-up session can be conducted at least in one month after the termination. There can be only two follow-up sessions for a client. After the follow-up sessions, the process can be started again if needed or the process will be terminated totally.  
  • It is required to switch off mobile phones during sessions.