Consulting Center

Counseling Center: Psychological counseling

Counseling Affairs

Coping with various personal, family, social, educational, religious, legal, etc. issues is often challenging and usually associated with feelings of dissatisfaction, confusion, anxiety, desperation and helplessness. All of us have come experimentally to the conclusion that we are not able to settle down these different social issues alone. To solve the problems, sometimes it is possible to refer to our family, friends and relatives and enjoy their guidance. However, receiving professional assistance would make it possible to control and solve the problems quickly and efficiently.


  Admission to university and starting the course are usually stressful due to major changes in different aspects of life that a student might go through. Sometimes, the lack of access to secure supporting resources might pose some challenges for them.

Considering the above-mentioned necessities and aiming at helping the affected ones, Student Counseling Center of Afagh Non-State University initiated its activities as an independent section under the supervision of the Deputy for Student/Cultural Affairs in January 1983.  This center currently provides university students and staff with offering services on counseling psychology, psychiatry, and mental health.

The activities of the counseling center can be divided into two sections, namely A: Counseling and Treatment, B: Mental Health. In Counseling and Treatment section, specialists on Psychology, psychiatry and medical assistants are all ready to help students enjoy more joyful and proper mental health. The Counseling services are offered both in face-to-face and electronic counseling forms. The answers given to some common questions here will familiarize you with the nature of the consultation services.

The mental health section offers services on publishing brochures, CDs, books, booklets and holding workshops and training seminars. The published items are available if you refer in person.

 Common questions:

• Who is the consultant?

• What happens in consultation?

• What kind of problems does it help to solve?

• Does the counseling information remain confidential?

Who is a consultant?

A group of trained specialists and experienced consultants who have been trained to help people with a wide range of problems are offering services at the center.

This group of specialists includes psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor and assistant.  A psychiatrist is a physician specialized in psychiatry. A psychologist is dealing with thoughts, attitudes, emotions and behavior of the people. He is also a specialist on tests of Psychology. Addressing an individual or a group, the consultants provide the ground for creating positive changes in a person, such as starting reading a book or starting an honest chatting with friends, etc.). They also provide you with consultation on educational, emotional, family, religious, communication, legal issues etc. Social assistants are far more familiar with social support resources.

What happens in consultation?

Counseling does not mean giving advice. A counselor seeks to help you focus on issues that are worrisome or troublesome to you, so that you can get a clear understanding of them. His role is to support, understand, listen, and respond without making any judgment and criticism. He respects your values, choices and lifestyle. He helps you recognize your feelings and, in some cases, identify what are the roots of your current problems. He can help you make decisions, choices or changes that are in your favor.

 What kind of problems does the consultant help solve?

A counselor solves a large number of personal, interactional or identity problems, such as anxiety, stress and depression, interactional and family problems, sexual problems, and identity issues. Counseling can also help solve problems such as adapting to a new culture, confronting difficult situations, making tough decisions and choices, or dealing with specific problems like addiction.

Do not wait for problems to get bigger and more serious. We prefer you to pay a visit to us when your problems are still mild, so that you can solve the problem faster.

Confidentiality of counseling:

The issues you present during the first or subsequent counseling sessions are confidential. Under normal circumstances, nothing is disclosed to anyone else, out of center, unless you give your explicit permission.

In some limited cases, there are circumstances in which we reserve the right to violate confidentiality. These situations include only those cases that are believed to pose a serious threat to your health or others. Please contact us if you have any questions on this issue.

The factual information you provided in the initial consultation form, and then in the counseling sessions, may be collected in a form of anonymously statistical information on the services offered by the center.

In some cases, it is possible to provide you with some questionnaires through mail or in person for evaluating the center's performance and getting the clients’ point of views. You can complete these questionnaires mentioning your name or doing it anonymously.