Personal Counseling is a process in which a counselor and a student work together to resolve issues, identified by the student to be causing disruption in their life. Issues addressed vary from student to student.
Some common topics explored have been adjustment to college life, homesickness, relationship problems, increased stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, substance use, and academic performance problems.
The student will bring commitment to this process by the courage they show in being an active participant; establishing goals, exploring potential solutions, and experimenting with new and different ways of thinking, perceiving, and behaving.
Get the most out of Counseling.
- 1. Don't wait for serious problems to develop.
- 2. Regard counseling as a growth-oriented learning process, entirely compatible with your identity as a college student.
- 3. Be open and honest about your attitudes and feelings with yourself and your counselor.
- 4. Don't expect your counselor to make decisions for you or fix you.
- 5. Give feedback. Let your counselor know if you feel you would benefit more from a different approach or direction.
- 6. Be aware that any new behavior may feel awkward at first. Be willing to apply what you learn from counseling sessions to your everyday life.
Personal counseling files are confidential and kept separately from academic files. All aspects of counseling are confidential. By law, counselors are obligated to break confidentiality and report: incidents of sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor or elder, or the intention to seriously harm self or others.
If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please call the number at which you scheduled your appointment 24 hours in advance and cancel so that the time can be used by another student in need. “No shows” and cancellations with less than 24-hour notice will be counted as one of your sessions.