- The kinds of problems students present when they come to Counseling Services
- Fees for services
- Waiting period to see a counselor
- Confidentiality Policy
- Contacting us and our E-Mail Policy
- What to expect at the initial session
- Our Staff
- Videotaping Sessions
The kinds of problems students present when they come to Counseling Services
During the 2006-2007 Fiscal Year, 92% of all Counseling Services' clients reported mood difficulties, mainly anxiety/stress as part of the symptoms they were experiencing. Nearly 69% indicated concerns centered on relationships with friends, family or partners. Making decisions or resolving problems of specific situations are common points of entry for many students; 40% of clients reported career uncertainties. The following is a list of some of the common problems presented in the last year: stress/anxiety, situational problems, relationship issues, developmental issues, depression, academic skills, educational/vocational choice, physical problems, abuse, grief, suicidal feelings, personality problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, ACOA/Codependency, Legal Problems, Sexual Assault/Rape.
Fees for services
Enrolled students may receive up to 4 sessions per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) at no charge.
Individual Sessions 5-10 will cost $15/hour
Individual sessions beyond 10 cost $25/hour.
Other services have different fees; the counselor will discuss this with you when appropriate.
Waiting Period to see a Counselor
Our philosophy is to get students in contact with a counselor in a timely manner. Often an appointment can be scheduled within a few days while crisis or urgent situations can be addressed within a day.
We welcome your contact
You can contact us by phone or in person at our office and discourage using e-mail for sharing personal, confidential information. Please see our e-mail policy for more information.
During your initial contact at Counseling Services, the counselor will clarify and assess your presenting concerns and determine the options available for addressing your needs. You and your counselor will discuss options to help you reach your goals, If we are unable to meet your needs we will provide you with referrals within the community. The mission of the Counseling Service is to provide short-term assistance, so when time-limited service is not sufficient to meet your needs the counselor will then determine if any extended care can be managed within the time and service availability of this agency.
By the end of the initial assessment, you may expect to gain at least three things: (1) some idea of the goals you and your counselor believe to be reasonable to work toward; (2) a general plan for getting to that goal; and (3) some idea of the length of time you may need to work toward your goal.
Our permanent clinical staff consists of psychologists. We occasionally hire part-time mental health professions who have degrees in psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and social work. We are also a training site for future psychologists and students who are enrolled in the marriage and family therapy program. Our staff represent a variety of professionals and professionals-in-training including psychologists, master's-level counselors, psychology interns, and graduate students in practicum.
Video Taping Counseling Sessions
Audio or video recording of counseling sessions is done to improve the effectiveness of all of our trainees through supervision and training activities. The content of these sessions will only be used in professional supervision and that all of these recordings will be erased after being reviewed. If you prefer to not have the content of your sessions recorded, you will need to discuss this with the counselor and you may then be seen by an alternative member of our staff.