Personal Counseling is a process of self- discovery and growth. It is an opportunity where we can learn more about ourselves, our values and our relationships with others. Issues commonly brought to the Counseling Center include, feelings of depression, concerns about relationships, drug and alcohol use, stress anger and anxiety. Students also seek counseling for sexual assault, sexual abuse, identity issues. Sometimes students seek support in dealing with difficult changes and challenges that arise from everyday life.
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Initial Consultation (Intake)
At the time of your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some preliminary paperwork. You will be asked to describe your concerns and what you hope to gain from counseling. This intake session is an opportunity for you and the counselor to decide how best to address your concerns and to identify the most appropriate services for your needs.
Individual counseling is a one on one meeting with a counselor that lasts for approximately 50 minutes. During this time you will be expected to do most of the talking while your counselor asks questions and makes comments that are designed to further your understanding and promote a positive resolution to the issues that you are working on. You are entitled to a full explanation regarding what the course of counseling will be like for you.
Group Counseling can be a very helpful and powerful tool in addressing student concerns. A group can offer an environment where students can increase self-understanding, enhance personal relationships and try out new behaviors while receiving feedback and support from peers experiencing similar concerns. Groups generally consist of 4-10 members and meet on a weekly basis. An appointment with the group facilitator is necessary before becoming a member of any counseling group. To schedule group counseling, come by or call the Counseling Center.
When concerns arise in a relationship, it is sometimes best for two people to receive counseling together. This opportunity can encourage better understanding and more effective communication that promotes a stronger and more resilient relationship. In order for a couple to receive counseling at the Counseling Center both individuals must be students. The Counseling Center does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Same sex couples are welcome.
Workshops are offered on a variety of topics to provide information that will enhance students' well being and teach new skills and strategies in coping with life's problems. Workshops are usually one session and last about two (2) hours. You do not need an appointment with a counselor to attend the workshops, but we do suggest you reserve a space in advance.