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Counselling services for on-campus students

The Counselling Service offers a range of services to students, from academic advice to counselling to crisis assistance. We also provide support services for international students and run group workshops throughout the year.

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Services for students

Why might I want to see a counsellor?

Sometimes there are difficulties that are hard to discuss with family, friends or work colleagues, and you may desire an independent party to confide in. A professional counsellor would be one such person, who may help you resolve problems and prevent future ones from developing.

The Counselling Service provides:

  • Academic support
  • Personal counselling
  • Assistance with policies and procedures
  • Crisis services.

Please note: CDS no longer provides mediation services. Students involved in a dispute with a peer or a Curtin staff member should see a Guild Student Assist officer or contact the Professional Standards and Conduct Unit.

What issues do people raise with counsellors?

Frequently raised issues include:

  • Feelings of academic inadequacy
  • Relationships with others
  • Social anxieties
  • Cultural concerns
  • Depression
  • Balancing the demands of family and study
  • Sexuality
  • Traumatic events (recent or older).

Counsellors are familiar with Curtin University's policies and procedures, and can advise you on appropriate courses of action in the varied situations.

For a more comprehensive overview of issues often raised with counsellors, see the Resources and publications section.


Counsellors are happy to provide advice and assistance on student programs and initiatives.

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International students

Curtin University consists of staff and students from different parts of the world. These include:

  • Migrants (recent and longer standing)
  • Temporary visa holders.

Relocating to another country is both exciting and challenging. If the move also entails being away from family and close friends, it can create feelings of isolation and loneliness. The new learning environment can also be interesting but frustrating.

Those returning to a home country often find that this also requires some adjustment.

The Counselling Service is a multi-cultural organisation whose staff are sensitive to cross-cultural issues. International students are welcome to visit the service—you don't need a major crisis to justify a visit!

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The Counselling Service will offer a range of group programs for students each year.

Please go to the Counselling group programs section for a list of the current topics covered.


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