Counseling Center

University Counselor: Dr. Elisabetta Iberni, PhD
Office hours Fall 2017: Wednesday and Friday from 12.00 to 17.00. 
Contact details: counseling@webster.nl;  

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of issues can be discussed in counseling?
Issues range from difficulty concentrating to serious depression,  but no problem is too small. Common concerns include:

  • adjusting to college life
  • test anxiety
  • drug/alcohol abuse
  • sexuality issues
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • time management
  • international students adjusting to a new culture and language
  • balancing demands of school, home, dating and relationships, and work
  • family issues
  • roommate issues

Do I have to be crazy to go to counseling?
No. Counseling offers an opportunity for people to regain balance in their life and to explore issues that are interfering with their ability to succeed.

If I go to counseling does that mean that I am weak?
No. Counselors can provide emotional support during difficult and stressful periods in a person's life. We all face challenges that we are not necessarily equipped to handle. In counseling you may learn new skills and knowledge that help you deal more effectively with life's challenges. You may also take time to examine and change behavior patterns that no longer work well for you. The counselor can be an objective person that helps you make positive, healthy changes for yourself and your life.

Will the counselor fix all my problems?
Counselors do not fix your problems. The counselor does not take responsibility for creating change or making decisions for you. That’s your responsibility. Counselors provide information and support to help you develop & grow. Clients have specific responsibilities such as keeping scheduled appointments and helping establish mutually agreed goals.

How much does counseling cost?
Webster University Counseling services are free to students. To provide the best service, we limit the number of sessions to 6 per academic semester. Thereafter, the counsellor will help you find off campus resources.

Can I get medication?
The Counselor cannot prescribe medications. We can refer you to a psychiatrist off-campus if necessary.

How long does counseling take?
Each session lasts 50 minutes. The first session is an assessment session. The following 5 sessions are available to you depending on the concerns you have. You may only need one session. Or you may use the 5 remaining sessions depending on your circumstances, issues, etc.

Other questions?
Contact the Webster Counseling Center or Call Reception on +31 (0)71 516 8000 who will refer your call to the counseling office.

Meet our Counselor  

Iberni

Born and raised in Italy, I have been trained as a Clinical Psychologist and certified Psychotherapist at the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’, while working in public and private mental health institutions. Since then, I embraced a psychodynamic perspective, inspired in particular by relational psychoanalysis, aiming at grasping the complexity of the interaction between intrapsychic and interpersonal realms. Trained as analytical psychologist between Rome, Milan, London and Belgrade (I became a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology in 2016), I learned to integrate different techniques in counselling and psychotherapy  (i.e. cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness), by tailoring each intervention to the unique needs and attitudes of each individual. After having attended a research fellowship at the Leiden University, I completed my PhD thesis about a clinical application of attachment theory on the narrative coherence of adult patients in psychotherapy and obtained a PhD from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

I first moved abroad as a trailing spouse to Kosovo where I have been living and working for seven years. So, I learned to become my own home and I tried to adjust to a post-conflict environment; I worked within international organizations to protect and promote human rights, especially for minorities and vulnerable groups. This professional experience offered me a great opportunity to understand the importance of the collective social, political and cultural dimensions in fostering the psychosocial well-being of both individuals and communities. Focusing on these topics, I have completed a PhD program at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies of the University of Essex.

After having landed in the Netherlands in summer 2016, I started to provide short and long-term psychological support and therapy to expats, migrants and global nomads.

For further information please visit my personal website: www.theargonaut.org