Free individual counseling appointments are now available for YC students enrolled in at least six credits. Call (928) 776-2106 to make an appointment, or contact: Judy Brennen (928) 771-6183.
How a counselor can help
A Personal counselor is available to listen, guide, and refer you to the appropriate resources on campus or in your community. Counseling provides a safe and objective arena to talk about what is happening in your life and explore ways to address those concerns.
What to expect
Initially, the counselor will ask questions to gain an understanding of you and your needs. In partnership, you will formulate a plan and develop alternative methods for addressing current issues.
Counseling sessions are available to current students enrolled in 6 or more credits. They last 50 minutes each, with up to 3 sessions per semester.
If it is determined that a student requires more extensive counseling, all efforts will be made to refer the student to providers offered through his/her health insurance company or local therapists/agencies.
What is Counseling?
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
- Don't wait for serious problems to develop.
- Regard counseling as a growth-oriented learning process, entirely compatible with your identity as a college student.
- Be open and honest about your attitudes and feelings with yourself and your counselor.
- Don't expect your counselor to make decisions for you or fix you.
- Give feedback. Let your counselor know if you feel you would benefit more from a different approach or direction.
- 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.
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.
What are my rights? Is counseling confidential? (Informed Consent)
Clients have the right to:
- Receive services regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
- Receive information about the methods being used, and the training background and credentials of the counselor.
- Refuse treatment at any time.
- File a complaint about services with the Director.
- Review clinical records in the presence of a counselor, unless in the opinion of the counselor the information would be harmful to the client or to the client's progress.
- Request and be granted a change in assigned counselor. The request may be made to the assigned counselor or to the Director.
Personal counseling files are confidential and kept separately from academic files in a locked file cabinet. All aspects of counseling are legally and ethically confidential except for the following:
- You state or present suicidal or homicidal intent to yourself or an identified person or parties.
- Any reported or suggested incident of sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor or elder.
- You are under 18 years of age and report being the victim of abuse.
The Yavapai College counselor may at times consult with their supervisor(s), colleagues or a consultant regarding the presented issues, although not fully identifying you. These persons have fully agreed to abide by the ethical and legal regulations of confidentiality in the State of Arizona.