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Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling—or psychotherapy—is a professional relationship with a therapist to help you with personal growth. 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.

Students currently enrolled in credit courses for the current semester are eligible for counseling. The costs are included in consolidated fee.

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 six sessions per academic semester, which is meeting with a counselor about every two weeks. Some students do not use all six sessions while others do. If you would like to meet more regularly with a counselor, please contact the UAS Counseling Office to discuss your needs. A counselor may provide a referral to another counselor in your community.

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 contact the Student Resource Center 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, but it may change your life in a most positive way!

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.

It takes courage to acknowledge a problem or difficulty and to also ask for help. Vulnerability is often something that is challenging, but rewarding to work though. At times, friends and family are supportive of counseling; but you get to decide how much you share with them about your experiences in counseling.

Although counseling can be beneficial for people who do have serious emotional problems, it is also helpful for people with everyday concerns such as adjustment or phase of life issues. Your needs and experiences are important and it doesn't have to be “bad enough” to talk with a counselor.  If you're feeling stuck or involved in a challenging situation, it can be helpful to work with a counselor to find solutions, coping skills, or resources to ease your experience and help you meet your goals.

By the time many people come to counseling, they have had more advice than they can handle. Counseling operates from the premise that the counselor is knowledgeable about the change process, but that you are the expert on your life. In some ways counseling is like working with a coach. You do the work, but by working with someone who has training and experience with facilitating positive change, you are likely to work more effectively and see results more quickly.

Mental health professionals must maintain confidentiality except as authorized or required by law. Exceptions to confidentiality include: situations where you are a physical threat to someone else or yourself; there is suspected harm being done to a child, elder adult or disabled individual; or a judge provides a court order requiring that we release your records. You will be notified if your counselor is required to share information in any of these instances. Please feel free to ask your counselor about confidentiality laws.

The UAS Counseling Office does not write letters recommending emotional support animals (ESAs), but can provide referrals to local mental health providers or assist you in contacting a mental health provider in your area. When making an appointment with a UAS Counselor, please state that you need assistance with locating someone to write a letter recommending an ESA.