What is Counseling?
Counseling is a service provided by trained professionals that can help you understand and solve problems that are making it difficult for you to do your best in college. A counselor will listen to your issue and help you find a solution that will work best for you.
What services are available?
Counselors can provide help and support on a variety of topics. Some of these topics include:
- Anxiety or Feeling Overwhelmed
- Coping with Stress
- Family and/or relationship concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Special Needs
Does it mean that there is something wrong with me if I see a Counselor?
Absolutely not!! Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. This is normal. Talking to Counselor is a positive and helpful way to solve problems. By meeting with a Counselor you are taking action to improve your situation and that shows courage and responsibility.
Do I need appointment to see a Counselor?
Although you can request to see a Counselor at any time, it is best if you make an appointment. To make an appointment, please go to the "Advise Me". There you can make an appointment to speak with a Counselor.
Where are the Counseling offices located?
Counseling offices are located on the ground floor of each campus, next to the academic advising offices. If you have any trouble finding our offices, please ask the reception desk to direct you.
Is there a limit to how many times I can see a Counselor?
There is no limit to how many times you can see a Counselor. However, the goal is to help you solve your issue as soon as possible so that you can get back to your regular schedule. Counselors usually have 2-6 meetings with a student to help identify the problem and find a solution. If more time or additional services are needed, the Counselor will work with you to find additional resources in the community.
What should I expect when I meet with a Counselor?
During your first appointment (intake), you can expect to be asked some questions about your current situation. Your Counselor will listen closely as you describe your problem. Together, you and your Counselor will come up with an effective course of action. This may involve a variety of possibilities such as ongoing individual counseling or a referral to an outside agency. Meetings are usually between 30-45 minutes.
How do I make the most of my meeting with a Counselor?
Attendance. The first step is just showing up! We can't help you if you are not here. Also please respect your Counselor's time.
Commit to getting help and making changes. Commit time to learn about yourself and make positive changes in your life.
Identify what you need. Think about what you want to talk about and what help you want. Not sure? Don't worry; your Counselor will help you to focus on key issues.
Assess progress: Let your Counselor know how it is going. Let them know what helps (or what doesn't). This helps us to serve you better.
Take it with you: Find ways to take what you learn with you. Your counselor may suggest some things in between meetings for you to try, write about, think about, etc. Give it a try. This helps you to help yourself between meetings.
Is counseling confidential?
YES!!! All records in Counseling services are confidential. This means we will not discuss your information with teachers, parents, employers, or friends. Your information can only be shared if you provide written approval.
Counseling records are not a part of the educational record. This information will never appear on your college record.
What if I want my friend to see a Counselor?
Tell your friend about the Counseling service and encourage them to make an appointment. If you would like tips or information on how to support a friend that may need help, feel free to make an appointment.