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Counselors at the Counseling Clinic provide an opportunity for students to freely explore any personal problems, struggles, or concerns. At your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some paperwork and a counselor will go over this paperwork with you, gathering information and discussing the issues that led you to schedule an appointment. The counselor will talk to you about the counseling process and how it may be beneficial to your needs. If the Clinic is unable to provide the type of service you need or request, we will refer you to an appropriate outside agency and assist you in obtaining services there.
No way. Counseling at our Clinic involves the concerns and problems of normal college students just like yourself. The fact that so many students seek our services reflects just how common these issues are.
The fact that a counselor is not a friend or a family member actually makes it easier for him or her to help you. Unlike friends or family members whose advice is often colored by biases and preconceptions, counselors work to be non-judgmental, objective helpers. Your counselor will be working to understand you, your situation, and your goals.
Maybe, especially in the beginning. You may feel anxious or shy, perhaps even a bit self-conscious or weak. Counselors understand that it's normal to feel uncomfortable and cautious during the first meeting, and they try to help by promoting an accepting environment in which you will feel at ease. As you gradually begin to trust your counselor, you'll probably find that you can be more relaxed and open.
It's okay to feel and express intense emotions in counseling; in fact, doing so is often one of the most helpful parts of the process. Your counselor's office is a safe place to talk about how you are feeling. And paying close attention to these feelings can also teach you a lot about yourself.
Without your consent, no one. Everything you say in counseling is confidential, unless your counselor is required, by law, to break confidentiality to protect you or somebody else from harm. If you have questions about confidentiality or its limits, your counselor will be able to answer them.
Counseling sessions are scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis depending upon the need of the student. Typically sessions are bi-weekly. Sessions are typically 45 minutes long. Due to the small size of our staff and the high demand for services, frequency of sessions may be impacted. The student's need will be considered.
Length of treatment varies and can be dependent upon a number of factors. However, our services are typically viewed as brief therapy and students are typically scheduled biweekly (about 8 sessions per semester). Client’s needs are assessed and if the client needs can’t be met at the Counseling Clinic, the counselor will assist with a referral.
Once you feel that the issues that brought you in for counseling are no longer of major concern, you and your counselor will talk about how and when to end counseling. Ideally, the personal awareness that you've gained and the efforts that you've made in establishing a trusting relationship with your counselor should provide an effective model for self-help long after counseling has ended
The benefits of counseling can be invaluable: to be truly understood, to experience trust and openness with someone, and to learn how to counsel yourself. Seeing a counselor won't make all of your problems magically disappear. But if you have the desire to understand yourself and to change, then you've just taken a powerful step towards that goal.