It is not unusual to experience some personal concerns or difficulties while in college. Counseling provides a safe, confidential environment where people can share thoughts and feelings, explore concerns, gain awareness and insight, and make appropriate changes.
Typical issues and concerns which bring students to counseling may include:
- Adjusting to college life
- Death of a loved one
- Decision making
- Eating problems
- Family problems
- Lack of self-confidence
- Motivation and goal setting
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Roommate conflicts
- Sleep problems
- Stress management, relaxation techniques
- Substance abuse
- Test anxiety, study skills
- Time management
All services provided by the Counseling Center are free of charge and confidential. No information about counseling visits is entered on an official university record, nor is information released to others without the student’s prior written consent except when disclosure of specific information is essential to protect the student or others from serious and foreseeable harm.
The Counseling Center provides services to students who may be experiencing psychological or behavioral difficulties. In the event that further evaluation and/or intense psychotherapy is deemed necessary, the Counselor may make a referral to the university’s consulting psychologist or to a community mental health resource.
Consultative and Referral Services
Consultative services for students, staff and faculty are provided by the Counseling Center. Also, in cases where specialized expertise is deemed necessary and/or in the best interest of the student, the Counseling Center utilizes referral resources within the institution as well as in the local community. Cooperative relationships and mutual referrals are maintained with other campus resources including Campus Ministry, Career Testing/Counseling, Health Resources, and Academic Services. Services provided by the university’s consulting psychologist are also on a referral basis through the Counseling Center. Strong networking with several local psychologists, therapists, and mental health agencies is maintained by the Counselor and is utilized as deemed most appropriate per situation.