Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling to students facing various Psychological and emotional challenges affecting their performance. The students learn various life – skills to overcome their psychological distress and perform to their full potential. They are referred by HOD, Instructors, Coordinators and Parents. Self – referred students are also welcomed.
Individual as well as group counseling services are offered to all undergraduate students by professional and certified counselor. Students encounter numerous obstacles during their University lives, such difficulties could be related to academics, domestic concerns and other social factors. The role of the counselor is to help students overcome emotional or psychological distress, achieve their full academic and personal potential and develop life – long skills. The counseling is also offered to support staff & parents related to the students referred. Healthy-living workshops are offered on Mental Health issues, Stress Management and various effective life-skills.
Dr. Fejer AlMajed is a doctor turned psychotherapist with a medical degree and clinical doctorate from the University of Aberdeen and University of Edinburgh. She has worked extensively in hospitals, polyclinics and private counselling agencies in both Scotland and Kuwait. She is also passionate about mental health community involvement and believes in the social impact of mental health awareness.
- Counseling: Individual and Group
- Short-term counseling for such matters as: anxiety, depression, loneliness, identity confusion, stress management, time management, eating disorders, alcohol/drug use/abuse, relationship concerns, grief and loss, family stress, sexual orientation, college-related transition, developmental issues, and personal growth and development.
- Assistance for students who have been diagnosed with one or more long-term psychiatric conditions for referrals to off-campus resources, work on time-limited focused goals, and crisis.
- Crisis intervention.
- Assessment and referral community resources, particularly for students who’s presenting concerns are beyond Counseling Services’ scope of practice.
- Mental health consultation, education, and outreach programs for students, faculty, and staff.
- Consultation and information to students, staff, parents and management.
- Provision of skills and coping techniques which can be used throughout a student's academic and future career.
- Provide workshops for students & Staff on Mental health issues.
Scheduling an Appointment
• GUST undergraduate students may make appointments to see the counselor by going to the OSC / Counseling Center. Students are required to give a name, Student ID no., contact phone number, and contact e-mail address. Students and the counselor with whom the appointment is made will receive an immediate confirmation e-mail of the appointment once the process is completed.
• Generally, Counseling Center is open Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM from the arrival of students for the September semester until the end of Summer Semester. There are no scheduled walk-in hours. Appointments are recommended for all counseling sessions to be sure the counselor is available.
• The staff/faculty member will also contact the counseling area, send an email, or stop by the counselor’s office to provide further information. The staff/faculty member informs the counselor if the report is for information only, the student will self-report, or if the counselor needs to insist on a meeting with the student. The counselor may follow up with the faculty/staff member to report if the student came to a session, or if the faculty/staff member is not sure how to interact with the student.
• Contacting the Student: The counselor uses home and mobile phone numbers, GUST email system, and/or text messaging to set initial and follow up sessions with students who have been referred to counseling or who have requested the services. If the reporting person and/or the counselor feel that it is urgent for the counselor to meet with the student immediately, the counselor can go to the office of the reporting staff/faculty member to meet the student. Once the student is contacted, a meeting is set-up and documented with the Counselor.
• Each session is of 45-60 minutes and is pre-scheduled with the consent of the student, taking his /her academic schedule in account
Each session is of 45-60 minutes on weekly basis.
The diagnosis and therapy depends on the clinical observation, the information presented by the students/instructors/parents and formal assessments.
All standardized tests are used to assess the emotional and psychological problems. The assessment results are interpreted and explained to the students concerned.
BDI : Beck Depression Inventory
BAI: Beck Anxiety Inventory
BHS: Beck Hopelessness Scale
SCL-90 - Symptom Checklist 90-R
Self -Evaluation : the Glazer - Stress control Life Style Questionnaire
The Rosenberg Self- Esteem Scale
SAD: Suicidal Assessment
SCID-II for Axis II disorders
CAS - Clinical Anger Scale
Progress notes will be completed within 24 hours of services. Progress notes will include subjective and objective observations, assessment of need, therapeutic techniques used during the session, and a plan for future services. Progress notes do not include any personal information of the client. They hold the file no and session no.
Documentation of Services and Clinical Files
• All counseling services provided to GUST undergraduate students is documented in student counseling files which are kept strictly confidential in the Counseling Center. All “hard copy” documentation of services and other confidential information is kept in filing cabinets in a safe place. No student files is removed from the premises, unless required by a court order or some other extraordinary circumstance.
• Students completes the New Client Information Sheet at the time of their first session each academic year.
• Students reads the Consent for Services form and if in agreement, signs and date the form at the time of their first session.(remove that)
• Progress notes will be completed within 24 hours of services. Progress notes will include subjective and objective observations, assessment of need, therapeutic techniques used during the session, and a plan for future services.
• Missed, canceled, or rescheduled appointments require a brief note by the counselor indicating what occurred. If a counselor sends a student a letter or e-mail relating to the appointment, a copy of the correspondence may substitute for the note documenting the missed, canceled, or rescheduled appointment.
• Documentation of emergency or other services provided after regular working hours (including any services or consultations accessed by means of the emergency cell phone) is completed as soon as practically possible, using the “Progress Note” form. The original form is kept in the student’s counseling file (if applicable).
• Documentation of any student’s permission to release confidential information is made using Counseling Center release form. The original is kept in the student’s counseling file.
• Copies of any correspondence (including e-mail messages) with or about clients is included in student counseling files.
Self Help is handling your own troublesome situations by exercising deliberate conscious control to improve the outcome of the situation. It is recognizing your own personal weaknesses and working to overcome those faults and improve yourself. Self-help primarily focuses on changing your own behavior, feelings, skills, cognition (thoughts), or unconscious processes. Self-help is the conscious reasoning part of your "self" changing other aspects of your internal self, your actions, and your situation. It is self-improvement by yourself.
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Counseling Centers outside University
Soor Center: 22901677
The Soor Center provides therapy through 20+ qualified therapists. The therapists are an APA standards practice encompassing all ages and psychological/mental health issues provides individual, group, couple and family therapy. They provide extensive psych-educational testing
10th Floor, Al Munther Tower, Soor Street
Ph. no. 22901677
Kuwait Counseling Center:
Kuwait Counseling Center provides comprehensive assessments, therapy, and training services to children, adolescent, adults, couples, families, and groups; to resolve special needs, interpersonal, academic, nutritional, and/or stress of life problems.
Clover Center (Mazaya Building) Floor 14, 4th Ring Road, Block 1A, Street 1, Jabriya, (Next to Champion Club)
Tel: (+965) 2535.6444 Fax: (+965) 2535.6999 Email: [email protected]
Social Development office
A government center provides comprehensive assessments & in English & Arabic, in various areas of Mental Health by Kuwaiti therapists. Their services are free of charge.
Website : www.sdo.gov.kw
The Psychological Medicine Center
Shuwaikh , Next to Sabah Hospital.
Tel no. 24803900
Center for Evaluation and Teaching ( CCET)
The Center for Teaching and Evaluation is a center for educational assessments and remedial programs. It runs morning and evening programs for Special Needs students.
Kuwait- Al Surra – Block 4, Street 14, P.O.Box: 5453 Safat 13055 Kuwait
Tel: +965 1832000. Fax: +965 25358914
Counseling Centers outside University
- Soor Center: 22901677
- Kaizen Center: 25716706
- Kuwait Counseling Center: 25356444
- Social Development office : 22402409/7
- The Psychological Medicine
Center for Evaluation and Teaching