During the first meeting we will try to understand your questions and needs. We will look at which issues are most important and check to see what kind of help would suit you best. You can then choose to take a training session or have psychological counselling or psychotherapy, though in practice these cannot always be carried out separately. During psychological counselling or psychotherapy the main focus lies on the conversation, although exercises and other resources may be used as a support during these meetings. One example is 'Focus op faalangst: faalangst begrijpen en aanpakken'. You can purchase this workbook about fear of failure from the STIP and set to work with it individually. The workbook is written in Dutch.
One or two sessions might be enough to help you on your way. Sometimes you may require more counselling, or maybe psychotherapy. Internal referrals (to another student counsellor) or external referrals (to another PSYNET psychotherapist) are also options.
PSYNET is a partnership among all student counsellors in the Antwerp University Association (AUHA) as well as several external psychotherapists. Some of these external PSYNET therapists also hold sessions in English.
Student counsellors often hear about a variety of both 'small' and 'big' problems from students. These include stress, sleepless nights, worrying, shyness, fear of failure, confidence issues, family problems, relationship problems, processing the death of a loved one, etc. If you feel that you have nowhere to turn, however desperate or banal your situation may seem, don't hesitate to make an appointment with a student counsellor from the Study Advice and Student Counselling Service.