About Socio-Emotional Counselling

The aim of Socio-emotional Counselling (SEC) is to help the students in maintaining their social and emotional well-being during their university years. SEC also emphasizes that the students here remain thriving towards their academic goals by miniating a sound mental health. SEC is working with three different levels of prevention methods:

  • Primary Prevention level: SEC organizes awareness programs.
  • Secondary Prevention level: SEC organizes different mental health related workshops like, stress management, anger management.
  • Tertiary Prevention level: ACC provides individual and group counseling to the students.


Current Supports

  • Individual Counseling: Many students meet with the counselor on a one-to-one basis, usually weekly. The frequency and number of sessions will be determined by the client and counselor. Session duration is 50-60 minutes.
  • Group Counseling: Counseling in groups, offers a broad range of insight and support from peers and professional counselors. Some groups deal with general concerns, others have a more specific focus such as personal growth and elimination of self-defeating behaviors.


According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is defined as, "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals." Counseling involves helping people make needed positive changes in ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and is a goal-based collaborative process, involving a non-judgmental, confidential and supportive environment with a mental health professional.

  • Giving advice.
  • Making decision for clients (help).
  • Assessing what is right or wrong.
  • Providing a quick fix.
  • Attempting to sort out the problems of the client.
  • Involve the therapist giving you answers.

Students present a range of concerns including but not limited to: Puzzling or distressing emotional states (depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, nervousness, fear, grief and stress), low Self-confidence and low self-esteem, career and life planning, problematic or abusive relationship issues, self-defeating behaviors, trauma recovery, negative body image, substance abuse and addiction, issues related to gender, gender expression and sexual orientation.

While just about anyone could benefit from taking the time to reflect on his or her life to gain insight or to increase self-awareness, there are many people for whom participating in therapy or other Counseling Center services would improve their quality of life. We recommend you to contact the Counseling Center if feeling distressed in your life or if your overall life satisfaction is not where you want it to be.

Your counselor will work with you to identify your personal goals for counseling and then tailor counseling to you and your goals. You can expect that your counselor will listen closely to understand your experience and then help you to find ways to assist you in moving towards your goals. Counseling is a personalized experience, so how it helps differs from person to person. It will often involve things such as getting a different perspective on your experiences, exploring and discovering things about yourself, making changes in unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, processing difficult experiences, and learning healthy coping tools.

The counselors here are holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a professional master’s degree in counseling psychology with relevant training.

To schedule an appointment, either e-mail to the Counseling Center at rakibul.hasan@bup.edu.bd or stop by the socio-emotional counselor at his room.

To change the appointment, you need to email your counselor at least one day prior to the scheduled time. The counselor will do the same if s/he needs to change the appointment.

The Socio-emotional Counselling service is available in the Counselling & Placement Centre (CPC) office.

The Counseling Center is open Sunday through Thursday and the visiting hour is 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

There are no charges for counseling services.

The number of sessions will vary upon the issue you will present. Some students’ concerns are met within 3 to 15 sessions while others may take longer.

Counselors generally see clients on a weekly basis at an agreed upon appointment time.

Every information of the client is kept with strict confidentiality. There are some exceptions to confidentiality which students should know about before seeing a counselor. In situations in which a client may present a clear and eminent danger to themself and/or others, SEC members are required to report this information to proper authorities/emergency contact for the protection of the student and the community. All the records of SEC are kept separately from other university records. All counselors will discuss confidentiality when students are seen for the first appointment.

No. Only if you have signed a written release of information for the Counseling Center to communicate with a specific person(s). The only exception would be if you are a danger to yourself or others.

No, the SEC members are not mandated to report incidents of sexual assault to anyone and maintain client confidentiality as with other information.

Each person who is seen at SEC has an individualized treatment plan. Due to our respect for client confidentiality, we cannot share the reasons why you may have been seen for fewer or more sessions than someone else. However, please know that we are doing our best to meet our students’ needs based upon their presenting concerns, resources and fit with the services we can provide.

Both psychiatrists and psychologists work in the mental health field. A psychiatrist possesses a medical degree (MBBS) and treat patients mostly with medications, whereas a psychologist earned a professional master degree or doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology and provides counseling or psychotherapy

There is no psychiatrist available at BUP but SEC have referral systems to the psychiatrist. Consulting them students can seek medication if needed.

Contact Us

Md. Rakibul Hasan 

Asst. Socio-emotional Counsellor 

Room No.: Counselling & Placement Center  

Email: rakib.hasan@bup.edu.bd

Mst. Farjana Yasmin

Asst. Socio-emotional Counsellor 

Room No.: Counselling & Placement Center 

Email: farjana.yasmin@bup.edu.bd