Counseling :

We’re here to help. we recognize the important role of education in personal growth and enhancing your quality of life. We’re here to support you – academically, socially and personally – with free, short-term, confidential Counseling Services. Our goal is to help you maximize your potential in a safe and supportive environment. We offer support that:

  • Helps you develop the skills, attitudes, abilities and insights to meet both academic and life challenges
  • Assists you in overcoming personal challenges that may stand in the way of your success
  • Connects you to additional community supports
  • Promotes the wellness of the whole person: emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and physical

What can I expect from a counseling appointment?

  • Solution focused:the process is collaborative and directed by your goals
  • Self-directed:the counselor won’t require you to talk about any particular issue but will help you decide what is most important
  • Without obligation:you are not required to come more than once, but you can come back if you feel the appointment was helpful
  • Confidential and free

What are some common misconceptions about counseling?

During sessions, counselors will not…

  • Prescribe medication
  • Diagnose
  • Tell you what to do (but they will offer suggestions, strategies and guidance)
  • Pressure you to return for follow-up

When might I find counseling helpful?

  • If challenges in your personal life are interfering with your ability to be successful in your academic life
  • You have a problem that does not seem to go away or is getting worse
  • You are concerned you are being bullied, harassed or treated unfairly
  • You have been or are at risk of being abused (physically, emotionally or mentally)
  • You feel “stuck” and could benefit from another perspective
  • You are referred by a friend, family member, faculty, or other person who has expressed concern for your well-being
  • You are experiencing things that are unusual or make you uncomfortable
  • You have trouble sleeping or are experiencing mood swings, bad dreams or cannot concentrate
  • You are worried about your emotional or mental health
  • You are struggling with self-confidence or self-esteem

What are some common concerns discussed in counseling?

There are many issues students bring to counseling, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Feeling out of control
  • Eating disorders
  • Homesickness
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Stress
  • Substance use or other addictions
  • Sexual or other assault
  • Abuse
  • Mental health concerns
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Access to community counseling

How can I get the most out of counseling?

  • Prior to your session, think about what you want to talk about and the goals you hope to work towards
  • Attend sessions
  • Be open and honest
  • Be willing to consider new strategies and outlooks relating to your concerns
  • Understand that working towards goals in between sessions is part of the process