Before we tell you about all the different services and programs we provide, we should start with the question: what is counseling, anyway? Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a unique, confidential helpful relationship. In this relationship, the counselor acts as a facilitator in helping the student to understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her. Our student clients are helped to understand their feelings and behaviors, their relationships with others, their particular situation, choices and decisions. Discussion of whatever is important and relevant enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making mature choices and taking responsible action with themselves, relationships, family and studies.
Individual Counseling: students come for counseling for a variety of reasons. Some examples are:
- self-confidence or low self-esteem
- finding, helping, or losing a relationship
- depression and anxiety
- problems with eating habits or body images
- suicidal thoughts
- alcohol and other substance issues
- death of someone close
- dealing with traumatic events
- sexual or relationship violence
- wanting to continue from a previous therapy relationship
The first session is usually spent in a thorough exploration of your presenting problems as well as other areas of your life that are likely to be affected. A determination will then be made as to how to best meet your needs: by referral to another resource on or off-campus, or by continuing to meet with one of our staff counselors, usually weekly for one-hour interviews. Most students are seen for less than one semester.
Workshops: and special programs provide structured presentations of information and frequently skill-building exercises intended to prevent problems before they get serious or to address an area or topic that seems to be affecting a number of students. Examples of these include stress management, test anxiety, assertiveness, body image/eating problems, ACOA, and intimacy and relationships.