The service of counselling of the University of Foggia

29 July 2020
The counselling
Servizo Counseling Unifg

Definition of counselling:

The word counselling comes from the latin term “consulo” (to take care of / to help someone). This concept was first introduced by the psychotherapist Carl Rogers. The main goal of counselling is the process of focusing on limited time issues and specific problems in order to achieve precise and concrete results.

This intervention is based on the communication and the relationship between two people. It is more focused on well-being, rather than on illness, and its aim is to improve life quality of patients that are experiencing difficulties in specific moments of their lives.

What counselling does:

To summarize the word counselling with a unique and short concept we can define as promotion of well-being, achievable with the activation of the patient’s unexpressed resources, to stimulate personal valorization and autonomy.

Psychological counselling is an intervention using methodologies from various theoretical orientations. It is for individuals, families, groups and institutions. It supports patients difficult periods and/or evolutionalary transitions, offering attentive listening and the possibility of reflection, supporting the strengths, and the patient’s self-determination. The individual psychological counselling stands in a border area between health education and psychotherapy. The patient is “helped to help himself” and learns to see his resources and to use them in a functional way.

During counselling you learn the ability to deal with problems based on:

  • Self-perception
  • Emozional awareness
  • Self-control and ability to regulate emotions
  • Self-determination
    (Sabbadini R. 2009, Manuale di counselling. Guida pratica per i professionisti, FrancoAngeli, Milano)

To achieve these goals the following actions will be used:

  • Understanding  of the processes of attribution of meaning
  • Emotional awareness
  • specific techniques and strategies

Number of scheduled sessions:

Short counselling is a specific type of psychological support and it is useful in easing forms of non-wellbeing  and to achieve  the desired mental state in the shortest possible time. The brevity is useful to avoid forms of dependency between the patient and the therapist. For this reason, the Service of counselling of the University of Foggia, offers 4 sessions and a follow-up session. In case of patient with special needs or should the patient need to continue, we will take care of addressing him to the most suitable public service.

What are the intervention areas of counselling?

Counselling is suitable for private, social, and health care.  Issues addressed  can be unspecific i.e. states of anxiety, concentration issues, developmental or relational issues; or more specific problems such as students’ blocks, adaptation and/or social problems, stress management, specific and disabling fears.

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Goals of the counselling service of the University of Foggia:

The group of counselling of the University of Foggia aims to support individuals and organizations.

The individual support consists of:

  • Action orientation towards the achievement of specific and limited time goals, promoting client’s self-determination;
  • Promoting psychological culture of  psychological awareness in the territory;
  • Prevention to avoid that states of psychological suffering can ultimately turn into psychopathology;
  • Diagnosis;
  • Connecting University users with territorial services in case of more specific needs.

The support for organizations will involve designing healthy relational environments where the management of interactions will respond in a consistent way to personal and organizations’ needs.

In the first typology of  interventions we will promote individual self-affirmation, emancipation, self-determination; the focus of the second typology of  interventions will be on the analysis and modification of relational environment that will be “reframed” according to the most important need of people who are in a constant and dynamic evolution with the organization’s environment.

How to access into the service:

You can send an e-mail to

After this we will respond to the request and we will schedule the web video-conferences with you.

What the service doesn’t offer:

We will not answer to email questions, in order to benefit from the service it is necessary to schedule a set of sessions.

How to proceed if the request is not adequate for the services offered:

E-mails with unsuitable content will not be considered by the team.

  • Professor Giovanna Celia, service manager
  • Dr Annamaria Antonucci
  • Professor Lucia Monacis
  • Professor Annamaria Petito
  • Professor Grazia Terrone