Health and Wellness Services: Goodwin Health Center
What To Expect
The Case Manager will assist students with accessing community resources such as housing, medical coverage, food and/or clothing. Other services are in the academic arena and include study habits, navigating challenges with a professor, life skills and meditation.
If students are experiencing any mental health concerns, which are listed below, please contact the Goodwin Health Center to schedule an appointment. The therapists can provide direct care (therapy) or indirect care (referrals) to help accomplish life tasks, realize aspirations and values and help to alleviate 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 therapist 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
To schedule an appointment, please contact Veronica Velez or Donna Plickys, administrative assistants for Integrated Health Services, at 860.218.1790.
Emergency situations will be given priority if a therapist is available.
If a student is experiencing a crisis and the therapist is not available, please call Mobile Crisis at 211 or go to your nearest emergency room.
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.