As a student you can be offered psychotherapeutic consultations of varying length and scope. The usual amount is three to four sessions of about 60 minutes each.
Our counsellors work with different methods and tools, and have been trained in psychotherapeutic techniques. During our sessions, we bring out the client's knowledge, experience and resources to help them resolve their problems and symptoms.
When can I contact a counsellor?
When you can no longer keep your life and studies under control, it can be useful to reflect upon your situation with a professional outsider. The consultation can help you better understand your life and studies and find new ways of handling them.
"I went for help after a prolonged period of depression that had caused a lot of personal problems, such as poor self-esteem, stress and binge eating."
"I was treated unfairly at the clinic where I was training. I lost my self-confidence, became unfocused and had trouble sleeping."
What kind of things are discussed?
Your consultation could be about your emotional state, about feeling down, depressed or anxious, or about difficulties you're having with your theoretical and practical studies. Students also turn to a counsellor at times of personal crisis and relationship problems.
"The consultation was a great help since it made me much more aware of my own thoughts and feelings. Also, the cognitive schema was a useful illustration of an emotional process."
"The consultation has helped me believe in myself, to recover my self-confidence and to think positively. It's also helped me to sleep well at last."
What happens during a consultation?
"It's relaxed and effective. I was under no pressure and felt that we really focused on me and my needs."
When a counsellor and student enter a relationship of trust, together they seek out the causes of the student's problems and enhance their personal awareness, the student with their story and the counsellor with their professional knowledge and experience. Out of this dynamic emerges newer, richer life narratives and a deeper understanding of emotions and reactions, all of which help to bring about change.
Has any research been done on this kind of therapy?
A great deal of research is being done on psychotherapy and other forms of consultative therapy, and has shown that counselling is indeed effective. Many clients feel they receive the help they need, which they mainly derive from the client/therapist relationship and the counsellor's genuine concern for them.
You can learn more about this in the following report:
Studentens upplevelse av kuratorssamtalet (in Swedish)
Health and lifestyle consultation
Thinking about your mental and physical health and how it can affect your academic performance?
Together we can explore your health status by looking closely at your sleep, food, physical activity as well as your alcohol and tobacco consumption. We can also discuss any health concerns you might have. A conversation with us is free, and you make an appointment directly with one of our company nurses or the reception.
The Student Health Centre offers assistance to students in the event of a life crisis or event such as death or a serious accident. We offer information and care in the initial shock stage as well as individual and group sessions at a later stage.
There are special procedures for the care of affected students in case of major accidents and grief. A team consisting of counsellors, the study programme, the student unions and teachers are all involved. The Student Health Centre can also attend a memorial service organised by the programmes to support the students.
For more information, please call: +46 (0)8-524 835 60.
If you are unable to come by during our drop-in hours, you can receive telephone consultation from the nurses at the Student Health Centre. For other round the clock consultation in Sweden, you can always contact Vårdguiden.
If you have study-related health problems you can contact the Student Health Service doctor, who can refer you to a specialist if you require additional attention.
Such problems include headache, allergies, insomnia, sickness-anxiety, stress-related symptoms, depression, anguish and back/neck pain. If necessary the doctor can issue an order for sick leave or a suspension of studies for medical reasons. The Student Health Service's medical staff can also issue you a health certificate for overseas studies.
Statutory health checks
The Student Health Service also provides statutory health checks in accordance with the recommendations issued by the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
Statutory health checks are organised in consultation with the programme directors and the relevant students are informed during the first semester. The statutory health checks currently offered are as follows:
- Health checks for students on the study programme in radiography (KI) as required by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. They include blood tests and a doctor's examination during the first semester, and blood tests ahead of the final semester.
- Hearing tests are offered to students on Ersta Sköndal University College's church music programme during the first semester, in accordance with recommendations issued by the Work Environment Authority.