What To Expect
Therapists are concerned and involved with interactions between people and the institutions of society that affect the ability of people to accomplish life tasks, realize aspirations and values and alleviate distress. Therapists can provide direct care (therapy) or indirect care (referrals).
What is Therapy?
Therapy is a process in which a student enters into a relationship with a trained professional in order to gain a deeper self-understanding and to identify more effective ways of responding to life’s challenges. You might want to change current patterns that don’t work, heal from your past or just need direction. A therapist can assist with this and facilitate the process primarily by providing a supportive, non-judgmental, problem-solving approach.
Reasons to Seek Counseling Services
A student might want to seek counseling services if he or she is struggling with any of the following:
- Mental Health: Anxiety, depression, mood disorder or stress
- Relationships: Family, friends, partner; death of someone close
- Financial: Guidance to resources for medical coverage, housing, food, clothing or employment
- Personal Issues: Low self-esteem, gender identity, poor body image, or eating disorder
- Academic: Study habits, learning disabilities (including those yet to be identified), challenges with a professor, admission to program choice, or low GPA
Some signs that counseling services might be needed are:
- Feeling “down in the dumps” most days
- Feeling fearful
- Having a hard time concentrating or paying attention
- Feeling lonely – nobody understands you
- Feeling hopeless – no hope for the future
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior
- Feeling stressed out with school or having academic problems
- Thoughts of harming yourself or someone else
- Crying often over things that you might not usually get upset about
- Fatigue or sleep problems
- Binge eating or drinking
- Poor appetite
- Not enjoying usual activities
- Feeling nervous or jittery
- Feeling out of control
- Irritability, not getting along with people
Types of Services Offered
Counseling: Individual, couple, family and group
Referrals: Concerns requiring long-term, more intensive or specialized services (i.e. housing, medical, employment)
Other: Advocate, mediator, life skills, consultation, transitioning from Goodwin College, etc.
Students receiving counseling services:
- Are treated with respect, dignity and privacy in a caring and considerate manner
- Are assured of confidentiality regarding their care and records and have a right to approve or refuse the release of their records, except when required by law or in a life-threatening situation
- Have a right to know who is responsible for providing care
- Have a right and a responsibility to ask questions and participate in decisions involving their care
- Are entitled to information concerning the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and the assessment in terms that can be understood
- Have the right to voice concerns or complaints without fear or reprisal
- Are informed of the medical consequences if a decision not to be treated is made
To schedule an appointment, please contact Martha Ifkovic, Senior Administrative Assistant for Student Services, at MIfkovic@goodwin.edu or (860) 913-2043, or Latoya Watson, Therapist, at LWatson@ihssbhc.org or (860) 218-1791.
Emergency walk-ins are welcome, but the therapist might be with a student whom already had a scheduled appointment.
If a student is experiencing a crisis and the therapist is not available, please call 911.
Forms for Initial Interview
What to Expect at Initial Interview
During the first meeting with the therapist, the student will be asked about current thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals that he or she would like to set for counseling.
The therapist will then have a better understanding of whether brief or long-term therapy is in the student’s best interest. If necessary, the therapist can also provide the student with referrals to external services that can address a variety of issues related to mental health.
Other recommendations that support and promote growth might be made. Some examples are:
- Support groups: Bereavement, addiction, survivors, empowerment, psychotherapy and parenting
- Counseling: Crisis, individual, family and couples
- Testing/Evaluations: Psychiatric, physiological, substance abuse
*Referrals are based on individual needs, health insurance and availability.
Sessions are typically 30 minutes – 1 hour.