What kinds of concerns are brought to the Center?
The counseling staff helps students to deal
with a wide range of personal issues. Common concerns brought to the
Counseling Center include:
- Romantic relationship concerns
- History of trauma
- Family issues
- Academic performance issues
- Body image concerns
- Career indecision
- Problems with friends
- Eating disorders
- Concerns about sexual orientation
- Adjustment to college
What happens in the first interview?
The purpose of the first meeting with a
counselor at the Center (the intake interview), is to talk together,
determine what is concerning you, and mutually agree upon a plan of
action. Most of the time, your problems will be addressed through individual counseling, but couples
counseling and/or group counseling are also
possibilities. Not every concern is best helped by the Center. When
other kinds of help are called for, the Counseling Center will assist
you in arranging for those services, whether they are on or off campus.
How confidential are these services?
All clinical services offered by Counseling
Center are confidential. This means that information about you will not
be released to anyone without your written permission except in limited
- In cases of clear danger to self or other. In either
situation, the counselor must take reasonable personal action to insure
safety and survival of both the student and/or any people who may be
threatened by the student.
- Where child abuse is suspected
- When a court subpoenas clinical information
We do sometimes consult with other members of
the staff in order to find ways to more effectively help you. Please
note that all staff operates under the same rules of confidentiality. In
the event of any breech of confidence, you will be informed it has
occurred as soon as is practicable and the rationale for it.
Who are the counselors?
Counselors in the Center have advanced
training in such fields as counselor education, social work, art
therapy, and substance abuse. While each staff member has particular
areas of interest and expertise, all are experienced professional
counselors who are prepared to help you in dealing with a wide range of
The Counseling Center also serves as a training site for various
graduate programs on campus, so you may also have an advanced trainee
assisting you in resolving your concerns. These advanced students
practice under the direct supervision of an experienced mental health
professional, so you can be certain that you will receive excellent
How are appointments made?
Appointments can be made by coming to the
Center, located in Hazen hall, in person. We will ask you to fill out
some paperwork so that you can be matched with the counselor best suited
to meet your needs. While faculty and staff members occasionally
recommend the Center to students, no referral is necessary. In a crisis
situation, an individual may be seen by the on-call counselor for that
What kinds of groups and workshops are offered by
The center routinely offers various groups and
workshops designed to meet the diverse needs of our students. Students
who would like a particular group or workshop offered are encouraged to
call the Counseling Center and make their interest known to us.
What other special services are provided by the
Counselors in the Center are available for
consulting with students, faculty, and staff. These consultations may
focus on such areas as crisis management, problems in group dynamics and
interpersonal communications, or other issues affecting the campus
environment. The counseling staff is also available to provide training
in a variety of areas to students, faculty, and staff. If you are
interested in this service, please give us a call at 585-395-2207.