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Individual Counseling

Why counseling?

People choose to seek counseling for a variety of issues, including:

  • stress or anxiety
  • depression
  • academic motivation
  • career choice confusion
  • eating disorders
  • substance abuse
  • family relationship conflicts
  • financial stress
  • grief/loss issues
  • intimacy, commitment, or relationship issues
  • identity concerns (e.g., ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation, spiritual identity)
  • thoughts and feelings about suicide or self-harm
  • anger or thoughts of violence

What can I expect from counseling?

  • Counseling is dependent on your unique needs and strengths. Because of this, each counseling experience is unique.
  • If you want to pursue counseling, you must first complete an initial consultation with a counselor.

An initial consultation:

  • Is the first appointment with a counselor
  • Takes approximately 45-50 minutes
  • Is used to clarify your reasons for seeking help and to obtain background information
  • Ends with an agreement between you and your counselor about the best course of action to address your concerns. This may include:
    • Brief individual counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Referrals to other services on campus
    • Referrals to professionals off campus and in the community

Counseling often includes:

  • Learning new problem-solving or coping skills o Increasing self-understanding
  • Exploring life patterns
  • Gaining a better sense of how you are influenced by your surroundings
  • Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes
  • Counseling is provided by licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and unlicensed trainees in these two disciplines under close supervision of our licensed staff.

How can I get the most out of counseling?

Attempt to clarify your goals, and what you hope to get out of the experience

  • Consider how you feel about the counseling relationship
  • Be an active participant
  • Focus on what is most important to you
  • Recognize and express feelings
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Ask questions