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We support our students
Wellbeing Department

We believe that good emotional and psychological wellbeing is a key requirement for academic success and more importantly for a fulfilled and happy life.

However, at times, we all experience stresses and pressures that challenge our sense of wellbeing. Our purpose is to support students through those times and to help them develop self-help strategies to weather future storms.

We achieve this by supporting students in developing awareness of factors which contribute to stress. We help students develop greater resilience by promoting healthy lifestyles and mindfulness, as well as fostering good relationships with themselves and others. We help students appreciate and celebrate their own achievements and successes, find internal motivation, develop self-esteem and a sense of agency. We support students in identifying and naming specific obstacles to wellbeing. We empower them to address these obstacles by themselves where possible or to seek further professional support when difficulties are more complex.

We hope that our guidance and wellbeing sessions will help students achieve their full potential and derive greater enjoyment from their academic journey.

“It’s not about being the best in the world,

it’s about being the best version of yourself and for the world”.

dr Marta Dżoga
Head of Wellbeing Department

The Wellbeing Department team:

  • Head of Wellbeing Department Dr Marta Dżoga

    Social Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

    Dr Marta Dżoga

    Head of Wellbeing Department Dr Marta Dżoga

    Social Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

    For many years Marta has conducted academic activities, organised lectures and coordinated conferences. In order to popularise science, she has prepared educational projects and workshops for young people aiming to develop their social sensitivity and empathy. At Akademeia High School she worked as an Admissions Tutor, being in charge of the recruitment process and assessing the academic potential of the candidates. She was also a mentor and helped students to become more self-aware in order to achieve their potential and flourish.

    Currently, using the experience acquired at the Nonviolent Communication School for Trainers and key coaching skills at CoachWise, she helps students discover their internal resources, increase their stress resistance, be focused on the present and find internal motivation to act.

    As the Head of the Wellbeing Department, she encourages students to take care of their wellbeing in order to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true.


     

    Agata Ziarko
    BSc Neuroscience, University of St Andrews
    MSc Psychological Studies, University of Glasgow
    MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care, University of Dundee

    Agata Ziarko is a psychologist and a therapist. After completing her BSc in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews she pursued a psychology conversion course at the University of Glasgow. She then worked as an assistant clinical psychologist before embarking on professional training in psychological therapies, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy. Prior to moving back to Poland, she worked for the Scottish National Health Service as a primary care mental health therapist. She has treated patients presenting with common mental health problems of mild to moderate severity, such as anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem and stress.

    As a member of the Wellbeing Department, Agata will use her experience to help students develop a greater awareness of factors which lower their sense of wellbeing and contribute to stress, low motivations and a loss of perspective. She will use her professional skills to work with students experiencing stress, mild levels of anxiety or low mood, perfectionism and a lack of assertiveness.

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    Sylwia Bartela
    Master’s degree, University of Rehabilitation Pedagogy, specialities: rehabilitation pedagogy, criminology
    The Polish Federation of Therapeutic Communities,  specialist in addiction psychotherapy

    Sylwia Bartela graduated from the University of Resocialization Pedagogy with a degree in resocialization pedagogy and criminology. She is passionate about working with people. Sylwia has fifteen years’ experience working in a youth shelter. Her desire to learn more about basic human needs and the consequences of these going unmet led her to working as a streetworker with individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, Sylwia obtained the title of an addiction psychotherapy specialist through The Polish Association of Therapeutic Communities and worked as a manager of the Addiction Intervention Centre in Monar. Sylwia has been a school counsellor at Akademeia (ATC, AHS) for five years. Currently, as a member of the Wellbeing Department, Sylwia contributes to the holistic development of students.

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