What to expect
Often, students can face challenges and stresses as they navigate their way to graduation. When a student seeks out counseling services, our campus counselor can provide direct care (therapy) or indirect care (referrals) to assist in alleviating that distress.
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 counselor can assist with this and facilitate the process primarily by providing a supportive, non-judgmental, problem-solving approach.
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
- Personal Issues: Low self-esteem, gender identity, poor body image, or eating disorder
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
Counseling: Individual, couple, family and group
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
Emergency walk-ins are welcome, but the campus counselor might be with a student whom already has a scheduled appointment.
If a student is experiencing a crisis and the campus counselor is not available, please call Mobile Crisis at 2‑1‑1 or 9‑1‑1.
During the first meeting with the counselor, the student will be asked about current thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals that he or she would like to set for counseling.
The counselor will then have a better understanding of whether brief or long-term therapy is in the student’s best interest. If necessary, the counselor 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.