Counseling Services

About Counseling Services

Who is Eligible

Our service is offered to all students of the University. All groups offered through Counseling Services are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students as well.

Staffing

We are staffed by licensed clinicians, and clinical interns. We do not have a psychiatrist associated with our center. Hours of operation are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday when school is in session.  Counseling Services is closed during Winter break.

Philosophy

We acknowledge that Psychotherapy in a college counseling center is uniquely impacted by its setting. Treatment is seen as inherently short term because the length of psychotherapy is limited to the time left until completion of the academic requirements. Additionally, therapy is impacted by interruptions introduced by the academic calendar.  A majority of students who use our services tend to come in for treatment episodes of  5 to 10 sessions.  They then take a break and return for another episode upon feeling stuck or in need of additional support.

Scope of Services

We are able to provide short-term counseling to students who are experiencing problematic reactions to the interpersonal and intellectual demands intrinsic to the college experience.

Some examples of students' presenting concerns at Counseling Services include: relationships, motivation, happiness, health, life decisions, sexual identity, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders and body image concerns, trauma, negotiating changing relations/roles with parents, parental divorce, or the loss of a loved one.

The scope of our service is limited to short term counseling, but due to the unique nature of each situation the length of treatment and number of sessions varies. Some students experience needs outside the scope of our services, for example: conditions requiring close coordination with psychiatrists or other providers; conditions with persistent symptoms of risk to personal safety; and conditions requiring access to therapists outside of normal business hours. These students are encouraged to consult with us for an assessment of their symptoms (diagnostic evaluation), and assistance with a referral to community mental health providers.