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Counseling is a growth process through which a student and a trained counselor work together to address the student's needs and concerns.

Personal Counseling

Many students need to get a little more information about counseling before they feel comfortable making an appointment. Below are some questions students ask about counseling.

Do you see students like me?

Think of all the stress and challenges college students face: family problems, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, financial problems and the list goes on. Everyday we see students who are dealing with these sorts of personal and emotional issues. We also see students who are trying to choose a major or career path that fits them best. In addition to seeing students individually, we also see couples who want a stronger relationship, who are having trouble communicating, or who are contemplating marriage. About 10% of the student body receives services at the Center each year.

The Counseling Center provides personal, academic, group support and career counseling. In addition, crisis intervention and self help programs.

Some reasons students go to the Counseling Center:

What can I expect in counseling?

While in counseling, you can expect to do most of the talking. You can talk about whatever is concerning you at the time. The counselor may ask specific questions to better understand your situation. Then they will help you examine your concerns and assist you to find a means to fulfill your goals. Some students do experience painful feelings before they start feeling better. The Counseling Center has many methods of counseling such as individual counseling, couple’s counseling, relaxation training, assertiveness training and group therapy.

Is it really free?

Yes, the Counseling Center provides free counseling services during the academic year. Students can schedule an appointment if they are enrolled for the semester.

Sometimes a student needs in-depth services beyond what the Counseling Center can provide. If this occurs, the counselor will discuss possible referrals to another mental health professional in the area.

Is it confidential?

First, you need to know that what you talk about with the counselor is confidential. Your professors and parents will not be informed about what you discuss during the sessions. There are some limits to confidentiality, such as when a student is at imminent risk of harm and their safety is threatened. At those times, a counselor would need to make arrangements to ensure no one is harmed. These circumstances will be explained and provided to you in writing at your first visit.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Students may schedule an appointment by calling or stopping by the Counseling Center. Every attempt is made to schedule appointments as soon as possible; usually within a day or two from the time of the request. During times of heavy demand students may have to wait longer, especially if they wish to meet with a particular staff member.

by sebenl99 — last modified Mar 02, 2017 11:37 AM

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