The mission of the Unit is to facilitate students’ adjustment to university life, to enable them to cope with their personal problems effectively, and to enhance their personal growth and development by providing them individual counselling services.
Our Individual Counselling Services are not solely for students who suffer from mental illness or serious psychological distress. We believe that counselling is not only about fixing problems but also for exploring, nurturing and developing our adaptabilities, coping abilities, functionality and potential. You will benefit from talking to counsellors who will guide you to discover your personal attributes and strengths, and to learn ways to live a more fulfilling life.
You can discuss your personal issues with our counsellors who actively guide you to understand your struggles and develop possible solutions. Common concerns of students are as follows:
- Study and learning
- Difficulties in adjusting to university life
- Interpersonal relationships
- Personal development
- Emotional distress
- Mental health concerns
All information shared with a counsellor of the Unit and all written materials remain confidential unless the student authorizes, in writing, that information be communicated to specific others. The counsellor, however, may disclose information deemed necessary to protect the student or others from imminent physical danger or upon legal obligations such as court order.
Mr. Alex TSANG, Registered Clinical Supervisor/ Counsellor (APCPA)
Make an Appointment
How to Make an Appointment
If you encounter any concerns or require assistant, please do not hesitate to contact SDU at 3442 5826 during office hours (Monday through Friday from 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are more than willing to assist you in scheduling an appointment with a student counsellor who can provide guidance and support tailored to your needs.
Referral by Staff
With the student's consent, staff can refer the student for counselling. Staff may either ask the student to contact us directly or arrange an appointment on the student's behalf.
Helpline and Community Resources
- What is counselling?
Counselling is a process that helps people work out personal, academic, or vocational challenges, and to explore personal attributes, strength and potentials. Through this process, people often gain increased awareness, independence, and effectiveness in the pursuit of personal goals.
- Who can use the Counselling Service?
Full-time SCOPE students including full-time Top-up Degree, full-time 3-Year Degree and full-time Advanced Diploma students of the SCOPE are eligible to use the service.
- How much does it cost?
The service is free for all eligible students.
- When should I see counsellors and seek help?
You can seek counsellors' help when:
- You need some brief advice on your personal concerns;
- You want to understand yourself better in a biopsychosocial perspective;
- You want to improve your capabilities in certain aspects of your life;
- You want to obtain some help to deal with your emotions resulted from a distressful life situation.
- What will happen at my first appointment?
Your initial appointment with a counsellor is a one-to-one interview to discuss and understand your concerns, and to provide you with some advice and suggestions. The counsellor and you will work out mutually agreed goals related to your concerns and plan for additional sessions. When necessary, the counsellor may suggest referring you to counselling services, medical or psychiatric services in the community.
- How many sessions will be arranged?
Our counselling team adopts a client-need-oriented short-term counselling. The exact number of sessions will depend on the nature of issues and mutual agreement.
- What can I do in case of emergency?
You are highly encouraged to consult a professional in agencies or institutions in the local community. For details, please refer to Community Resources.