Letter to New Students Date: October 2018
The University Counseling & Mental Health Centre
As a new freshman/fresher who has just joined Machakos University, you will be discovering and experiencing many new things about the environs in which you live and yourself. The jump from high school to University can be a very scary but exciting experience.
The University Counseling & Mental Health Centre provides counseling and brief psycho education to the University students on a voluntary and confidential basis, to help you make this transition smoother and have an enjoyable and more productive university experience rather than a scary and lonely one.
Students come to the Counseling Center for many reasons, such as: adjusting to University, personal or emotional concerns, relationship problems, family concerns, bothersome moods or simply a wish to know more about one self. There is no commitment involved in an initial meeting, and sitting down with a counselor is often the best way to decide if counseling might be useful. The Centre has Professional Counselors who are trained in ways of listening to and clarifying various life dilemmas.
Sessions are scheduled based on what might be most practical and helpful. Some students get what they need with one or two sessions; others might continue longer. If the difficulty in question is beyond our resources (for example a problem that deserves referral like alcohol and drugs dependency/addiction), the Counseling Centre has the mandate to refer students to other sources of help.
We take the confidentiality of our work very earnestly and we are guided by counseling ethics. Coming to the Counseling Centre is your own free and private choice. The Counselors are willing to see or speak with parents/Guardian when need be, but only with students’ permission. The Counseling Centre does not discuss students with other departments of the University without the student’s permission except when there is a reasonably possibility that you might harm yourself or others, The benefit to you is that you can trust that what you say will stay confidential.
Appointments are available by stopping by the Counseling Office located adjacent to the Library, or by calling 0716696786, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. If the situation is urgent, please let the office know so that a counselor can meet with you on the day of your call. You can also speak to Peer Counselors.