Ateneo offers free counseling services online

Ateneo free counseling services online
The Ateneo Bulatao Center is the service arm of the Department of Psychology of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). Photo from the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services.

The Ateneo Bulatao Center of the Ateneo de Manila University is now offering free psychological counseling services online for adults.

The Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services said it has started providing “free brief psychological services” to extend a helping hand to the public amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This is a free counseling service where you can speak with responders who will listen to you and provide a safe psychological space as you share your distress,” the Ateneo Bulatao Center announced in a Facebook post on August 25, 2021.

Each session will be conducted online through Zoom and is aimed to equip Filipinos with coping strategies and emotion management skills to help alleviate distress.

The service is limited to two sessions per person and is open to all Filipino adults over 18 years of age.

Those interested may book an online appointment through this link.

The Ateneo Bulatao Center clarifies that its services are not a substitute for therapy nor serve as a crisis hotline.

Those who are experiencing current distress and in need of urgent attention should proceed to the emergency room of their nearest hospital or call the hotlines below:

  • DOH-NCMH Hotline: 0917-899-8727 or 02-7989-8727
  • Natasha Goulbourn Foundation Hopeline: 0917-558-4673, 0918-873-4673 and 02-8804-4673
  • In Touch Crisis Line: 0917-800-1123, 0922-893-8944 and 02-8893-7603

Ateneo has also opened a drive-through and walk-through RT-PCR)testing facility on campus to help Filipinos get easier access to coronavirus testing.

Amidst the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, UP Diliman offered counseling services for frontliners and their families.

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