Students Counseling Office

About Us

No problem is too big or too small.

Welcome to the School of Foreign Languages Department’s Student Counseling Office (YDYO –SCO) web page. Our highly skilled and culturally competent staff is here to serve you with a wide range of programs and services.

The YDYO – SCO is committed to promoting inclusion and the affirmation of individual and cultural diversity to support your self-development. We attempt to support your social, cultural and mental health needs as you pursue your academic goals and fulfill your personal dreams socially and in all areas of your life. Thus, our services are designed to support the mental well-being of our students to acquire their full potential, which is necessary for their success in a complex global environment.

Our office shares and supports the academic and student development missions of Ondokuz Mayis University.

We offer psycho educational programs, seminars and workshops in line with our prevention strategy.

Our support services include, but not limited to, guiding our students in developing;

• a mentally, physically, socially and academically healthy life style, • awareness of environmental/situational influences (how climate, geographical, cultural, gender and lifestyle differences shape people’s experiences and concerns), • strong ties with the community they live in and with the global community (volunteering, participating in local and international projects, etc.) • an understanding of the existing visible/invisible mechanisms of social life and life in general, • issues of diversity and social justice (e.g., advocacy: refugee and immigrant issues, women’s issues; socio-economic, gender and cultural differences etc.), • an understanding of the role of a career, research and work in peoples’ lives.

Problems Addressed

The problems are addressed from developmental, environmental and cultural perspectives. They include, but are not limited to:

• The development of self identity. • New environment, school and career/work adjustment concerns, • Making decisions about career and education, and dealing with transitions (entering the adulthood and family life – university life, home city/country – host city/ country transitions, • Relationship difficulties‐including building a social network, friendships, etc. • Recognition of learning and skill differences, • Stress management and coping with negative life events, • Organizational problems (organizing their personal, social and academic life), • Dealing with and adjusting to physical disabilities, diseases or injuries. Personal, mental, physical (e.g., disabled students) and social adjustment, • Persistent difficulties with relating to other people in general. • Anger management, • Mood swings: recognition and ways of coping.

Hear the voice of your mind and body…

Signs that Indicate Stress:

Physical Signs: Fatigue, headaches, backaches, hypertension, digestive problems, frequent colds / illness, weight loss or gain.

Emotional Signs: Irritability, anxiety, feeling of helplessness, loneliness, depression, anger, self-rejecting thoughts.

Behavioral Signs: Insomnia, procrastination, overeating, interpersonal conflicts, poor concentration, memory loss, sexual dysfunction.

If you constantly display one or more of the above stated symptoms, you may contact us or seek for professional help.

To obtain an appointment with us, please click here and fill the Personal Information Form (PIF)…

To book an appointment over the phone or to confirm your online application, please click…

In case of an emergency, please contact psychiatric clinics, hospitals and security forces on our campus and in the city.

For urgent matters and emergencies, please refer to Emergency Service Providers Phone Numbers page.

For the list of resources and useful links, click…

Hours of Operation:

Consultation with the SCO staff by appointment is available (Monday - Friday, between 08:00 – 17:00) for our students who are experiencing emotional stress, or other issues.


The School of Foreign Language Department’s Student Counseling Office dedicated to providing high quality services that support students’ ability to benefit fully from their experiences at the Ondokuz Mayis University. We support the social, psychological and emotional well-being of the YDYO community by providing individual counseling and social support— all of which adhere to strict standards of confidentiality while being responsive to the individual and cultural needs of our students.


The YDYO-SCO staff embraces the notion that education is a lifelong process and our students are capable of rising to the level of highest set standards to which they held and acquire knowledge to the full extent of their abilities, aptitudes and interests. We guide and support our students to remove or to develop skills for overcoming the emotional and social barriers/blocks.

University students are capable of contributing to the strength of their communities, and the world at large by accepting responsibility, positive global values and diverse learning and living approaches. We promote their success to prepare our students to possess the essential survival skills to meet the challenges presented by their career, community and the global environment.

Our Services:

• Individual Counseling:

The Student Counseling Center offers one-on-one counseling services for students. During the initial session, the counselor will determine whether the short-term nature of the counseling offered at the Center is appropriate for the student’s needs. If it is decided that the longer-term or more specialized care is appropriate, then alternative treatment recommendations (e.g., referral to mental health providers in the community) will be made.

In individual counseling, the issues are brought forth with one counselor listening and responding to the concerns of the student. The highly open nature of the exchange between the counselor and the student allows for specific focus on the issues presented. While the dynamics of the relationship between the counselor and student are typically considered important, they can often take a while to emerge before they can have a positive effect.

• Group Counseling:

Many students find that their concerns can be best addressed through participation in group counseling. According to our students’ needs, our office will provide and plan interpersonal and topical groups. Student who wants to participate in group counseling will have an initial interview with the counselor. • Coping Techniques, Prevention and Information Sessions / Events:

Our office provides information sessions (workshops, presentations, publications, etc.) to prevent stress and to promote stress management techniques.

Stress is an unavoidable reality of life. So, it isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a natural, physical response that can trigger our fight-or-flight response. Stress can increase our awareness in difficult or dangerous situations, allowing us to act quickly in the moment. Without it, humans wouldn’t have survived this long. But if stress is constant over time, it can be detrimental to your health. So, stress prevention and management is important, and will help you juggle the many things going on in your life. The goal of preventing and managing stress isn’t to completely get rid of stress, but to eliminate unnecessary stress and help you cope with unavoidable stress.

Counseling takes a cooperative effort by the person receiving it and the giver. It is important that you and the counselor establish a good relationship that allows you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. We pay at most attention to displaying nonjudgmental and accepting attitudes – accepting each of our students for who they are and in their current situation. At the recipients will, all the discussions during our sessions will be kept confidential, unless there is a life threatening situation or danger. In the case of a serious threat, related professionals and/ or officials may / will be contacted by our office staff.

Emergency Phone Numbers:
Ambulance 112
Regional Security Forces (Gendarme) 156
Doctor 113
Health Advice 184
Fire 110
Forest / Picnic Area Fire 177
Traffic 154


Nazan Simsek

Tel: +90-362-312-1919 x 6204

Student Counseling & Youth Office

School of Foreign Language Department



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