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1. What is counseling?

Counseling—or psychotherapy—is a professional relationship with a therapist to help you with personal problems. The counseling relationship differs from both social friendships and traditional patient-doctor relationships. Rather than giving you specific advice, counselors serve as skilled listeners who help you clarify issues, discover wishes and explore feelings, and provide information which can help you deal more effectively with your problems.

2. Isn't it better for me to solve my problems on my own?

A counselor doesn’t solve your problems for you. Rather, he or she helps you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own. The goal of counseling is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.

3. What are the fees for seeing a counselor?

Students currently enrolled in credit courses for the current semester are eligible for counseling. The costs are included in student’s health services fee.

4. How often do I come in for counseling?

Counseling sessions vary for each student as the need for counseling is different for each student - the student and therapist can determine what is the best treatment plan. At this time, students are eligible for 12 sessions per academic year.

5. If I have a specific grievance with someone, will they be asked to do some sort of mediation with me?

Each student and each student situation is treated with compassion and respect in Counseling Services. Individual counseling does not involve a mediation process.

6. What are my responsibilities in counseling?

Because we know that resolving issues requires your commitment, we ask that you keep all of the appointments you schedule. If it is not possible for you to keep an appointment, please call to cancel, preferably 24 hours in advance of your appointment. Someone else may be able to take that time. Your most important responsibility is to take the steps necessary to keep yourself healthy emotionally, as well as physically. Taking the first step to seek services may be difficult for you, but it may change your life in a most positive way!

7. Why do I feel worse after some of my counseling sessions?

Counseling often may be uncomfortable because you are addressing emotions, feelings, and self-awareness issues that aren’t always easy to hear or feel. Facing your feelings and emotions in order to learn how to deal with them so they are no longer presenting problems for you is often an intense and difficult thing to do. Having the support of a counselor is important and helps in working through difficult areas.