Counselling service offers de-stress sessions and library

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As it enters its eight year, the EUI Counselling and Wellbeing Service is expanding to offer de-stress labs and a library.

Counselling ServiceThe team began running the labs for researchers last year, in two three-hour sessions, which in January were extended to staff. “We wanted to explain how to handle stress in different ways,” says counsellor Katia Soboul, “It is a body and mind approach that our team offers to the EUI community”.

The sessions will be repeated later in the year, while in the meantime EUI members can visit the counsellors and pick up books from the service or the EUI library. The new collection contains titles covering everything from bereavement to bipolar disorders, reflecting the broad range of issues the counsellors advise on.

EUI researchers, fellows, staff and partners can visit the free Counselling and Wellbeing Service at Sala Medica, where English, Italian, French and Danish are spoken. Counsellors are Soboul, Gridt Vig Find and Chiara Cassese, while Alexa Hupp offers Shiatsu, cranial-sacral and breathing therapies.

Aware that not everyone can make it to the activities or counselling sessions at the EUI, the team are also working on developing their website to signpost users to reputable sources of information and support online.