Introduction

This lifelong learning process comes with new responsibilities. We are required to make different decisions at different stages in life. The stage of higher education life is more than just about getting a knowledge of education, but also explore the meaningful of life, wellbeing and happiness at the same time.

“The best investment you can make is in yourself.” ― Warren Buffett“


What are the counselling services ?

Counselling services provide learning opportunities in decision making, improving personal skills, confidence building, overcoming obstacles to the best of abilities and in attaining awareness towards personal needs and growth, and the needs of others.

During the counselling session, the interaction helped to explore and express feelings, reflect on behaviour, attain self-understanding and to choose the direction that will lead to positive self-change.

Counselling ServicesDescription
Individual CounsellingA process which allows students to discuss their concerns or worries, develop better self-awareness and coping strategies with a counsellor in a one-on-one confidential environment.
Group CounsellingComprises a small group of individuals with similar concerns who, with a counsellor to explore their issues together through group discussion and interaction in a safe and confidential environment.
Career GuidanceChoosing a career is an important task and it may not be easy to decide what type of job will be the best fit. In career guidance, the counsellor helps students to explore on skills, strengths, interests, abilities, values, personality, and the career options using various tools. Students would be able to make a better informed decision of career choices with  a better self-understanding and self-awareness.
Psychological and Wellbeing ConsultationCounselling aims to cover all areas of psychological and well-being services through personal discussions with students, parents and administrators.
Crisis InterventionsAn immediate intervention taken by the counsellors to assist in the care of those in crisis situations which may include an initiation of counselling or a referral to student affairs and community resources.
Assistance with referrals to community resourcesA support system for referral of students requiring additional external resources, extending beyond the limits of counselling services.

Confidentiality

The information disclosed by the student in counselling is confidential and will not be released to any third party without written authorisation from the student. 

Only in exceptional circumstances, the counsellor may take direct action to break confidentiality with or without the student’s consent if necessary, for example where a student will pose a danger to self or others

The CCTV camera (non audio) in the counselling room can be useful in helping to deter or monitor crime in the counselling room. The CCTV camera will be only accessed by the counsellor, Hod student affairs, KE, and authorities (e.g. police officer) if necessary. 


Appointment

All students of the NDS Malaysia College can make the appointment by
  • via email to the counsellor
  • scan the QR code
  • collect the referral form from the student affairs department or counsellor
The counselling services and consultation operation hours in between 
  • 9.00 am – 11.30 am
  • 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Meet with the counsellor for an initial consultation for the counselling services and/or referral to a community provider.

The duration of the counselling session lasts about 30 – 45 minutes (If students arrive late to the counselling session, the session will be shorten or reschedule)

Where is the counselling unit
  • 2nd floor (201)

Concept of Wellbeing by Ikigai


Student Self-referral Counselling Services


Common Myths About Counselling

MYTH #1: COUNSELLING IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS

FACT: Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives. Being able to ask for help is a sign of maturity, humility, and inner strength.

MYTH #2: SEEKING COUNSELLING IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

FACT: It takes courage to explore sensitive feelings and painful experiences. Individuals who enter counselling are taking their first steps in resolving their difficulties.

MYTH #3: COUNSELLORS WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO “FIX” YOUR PROBLEMS.

FACT: Counselling is not a “quick fix” cure to your problems. The counsellor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns, to examine your options, and to assist you in achieving the goals you set.

MYTH #4: COUNSELLOR CANNOT UNDERSTAND YOU UNLESS HE/SHE HAS HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES OR IS OF THE SAME BACKGROUND.

FACT: Counsellors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful of individual differences, including the specific concerns of students with regard to gender, racial/ethnic, cultural, religious, age, sexual preference/orientation, and socioeconomic issues.