The decision to begin counseling is an important one. Clients have reported both a greater level of comfort and more favorable results when they understand what to expect from the counseling process. Counseling may help you with a variety of concerns, including personal issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, or relationship problems), career concerns (what direction is my life taking? How does my major relate to my identity?) and academic problems (e.g., test-taking, study skills, and time management). After discussing the concerns that led you to counseling, you and your counselor will decide which services are appropriate. Referrals to workshops, group counseling, or psychiatric consultation may also be made, as appropriate.
In order to benefit fully from counseling, the following recommendations are offered:
- Attend scheduled sessions.
- Be specific about the concerns that led to your decision to seek counseling.
- Establish with your counselor desired goals and outcomes to be achieved in counseling.
- Discuss your progress with your counselor as you go along, and modify your goals if necessary.
- Participate actively, and be as open and honest as possible.
- Be prepared for your sessions.
- Tell your counselor if you don't think you're being helped.
Successful counseling is a joint process requiring your motivation and active involvement. The more actively involved you are; the more effective counseling will be for you.
Understanding a situation before it reaches the crisis stage can make a big difference. We encourage you to come in, even if you are not sure that counseling is what you need. With a counselor's help, you can discuss alternatives and decide the best way to proceed. For many students, dealing effectively with emotional and social issues improves their success with academic work. The Counseling Center is a place for help with any psychological or emotional problem or need.
Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Academic Problems
- Concentration Difficulties
- Sleeping Problems
- Uncertainty about Future
- Eating Concerns
- Low Self-Esteem
- Sexuality Concerns
- Relationship Concerns - romantic, family, friends
All counseling is confidential. No information is released to anyone without written consent. The rare exception is when information is revealed about current or future harm to self or others.