1. How can a counselor help me?
Uncertain about how counseling can help? Wondering if we are a good fit for you? College can be challenging and stressful at times, and counseling can be a valuable support throughout your college journey. We offer brief, solution-focused therapy. Ways that this type of counseling may benefit you:
-Navigating a situational problem or a developmental transition in life
-Establishing goals for your health and well-being in college
-Learning coping skills to support you in times of distress-Increasing motivation for needed or meaningful change
-Helping you understand your emotions and yourself better
-Identifying patterns in thoughts and behaviors
-Discovering or developing personal strengths
-Developing trust, openness, and connection with others
-And so much more...
2. What concerns are typically addressed by the Counseling Center versus by other
mental health providers?
Students who benefit most from our services are experiencing concerns such as:
-Mild to moderate anxiety and depression
-Adjustment and developmental concerns, like transitioning to college
-Difficulty making healthy lifestyle choices
-Identity development concerns
There are some circumstances where brief, solution-focused therapy is not the best fit for students seeking services. These students will be connected with other providers directly or will be given additional information about case management services.
-Those requiring frequent emergency support and services
-Those interested in weekly or long-term care
-Those with a long-standing history of therapy engagement without significant benefit
-Those with substance use concerns as their primary focus of care
-Those requiring medication management
-Those interested in psychological assessments and formal diagnosis
-Those who are seeking care due to a court order or other form of mandated treatment
3. How do I make an appointment?
All new clients interested in learning more about service options and referral resources can schedule a 30 minute Needs Assessment. This is not a therapy session, but is a great first step to getting connected to services that would best fit your needs!
Returning clients should complete a "Resuming Services" form. Following that form you may expect a call or email from the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment (please note that if it has been a calendar year since you have had a Needs Assessment, you will have to schedule an appointment for a Needs Assessment). You may also choose to reach out to the Counseling Center front desk for support and further information on Resuming Services.
4. Will I be seen by a student?
We are a training facility, with many of our clients being seen by our graduate interns. Our interns are supervised by a licensed staff member. Students who have concerns about their sessions being recorded or having their sessions observed may be encouraged to seek other services.
5. I'm concerned about someone. Can you reach out to them?
Unfortunately, we do not contact students who are not already connected with our office. You can encourage the student to contact our office directly to schedule an appointment. Another option would be to submit a CARE Report. This prompts someone from the Dean of Students office to reach out to students to offer support and resources.
6. Can I request a specific counselor or a counselor who holds specific beliefs or identities?
We strive to provide diversity in our staff, including counselors of varying genders, sexual/affectional orientations, religious affiliations, ethnicity, ages, and cultural backgrounds. Specific counselors cannot be guaranteed but we will do our best to accomodate requests.