Reaching out for help is not easy. You’re worth it.
If you’re thinking about getting mental health help, we’re ready for you at the Counseling Center.
We help more than 5,000 students a year through clinical appointments, academic support, psychiatry and case management.
Top Student Concerns
Depression • General anxiety • Social anxiety • Academic distress • Eating concerns • Family distress • Substance use
Groups and Workshops
We hold about 700 group and workshop sessions per year yielding nearly 4,000 student contacts.
Common Questions About Counseling
How is counseling different/better than talking to my friends or family?
A counselor has special training in dealing with stress, academics, career, and relationships. They can also give you confidential, objective feedback and guidance that a friend or family member cannot. A counselor can provide suggestions about behaviors you can modify to help manage your stress, academic performance, or interpersonal relationships.
How do I know if I should go to the Counseling Center?
Anytime you’re experiencing stress is a good time to use the Counseling Center. Your needs and goals provide the focus for counseling. Things you may consider small issues are valid reasons to come to the Counseling Center. Sometimes small issues can become big issues if not addressed.
Who will know about my visits to the Counseling Center? Under what context will the Counseling Center contact my parents or professors?
Your counseling visits are protected by state and federal privacy laws. If you think it would be helpful, you can give written permission for your counselor to speak to the person of your choosing about your counseling participation. You must give us written permission before we can share with anyone (including a professor, friend, or family member). Only in life-threatening situations (imminent harm to self or others, child or elder abuse, court subpoena) are we allowed to share information about you before we gain your permission.
You must be “crazy” to use the Counseling Center, right?
No. In fact, most students who come to the Counseling Center seek help for stress, academic pressure, social issues, and self-development.
What kind of benefit will I get from a visit to the Counseling Center?
Counselors commonly work with students who struggle with depression, anxiety, and relationships. It’s helpful to think of going to counseling as an investment in your health (for example, stress management) and in skill building (understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, etc.) to better manage professional and personal situations in the future. The benefits you gain and skills you learn will actually save you time and energy in the long term.
What’s the purpose of the paperwork I must fill out?
The paperwork provides us with information about your life and about your concerns. It helps us determine what your needs are so that we can begin supporting you more quickly.
Under what condition will the Counseling Center suspend my coursework?
The Counseling Center does not have the power to suspend your coursework; only your college or academic program can do so. There are times when a student decides they need to suspend their coursework due to psychological or medical difficulties. We can help you with course drops and semester withdrawal in these situations. The Counseling Center provides support for students when they are making these choices while also assisting with the paperwork.
What does a typical counseling session look like?
Individual counseling is typically 45 – 50 minutes. You would meet every 1 – 3 weeks with the same counselor to provide you with support and work on your goals. Group counseling is typically 90 minutes and consists of 5 – 10 students. These groups meet weekly and are very popular.
If I don’t feel any better after the first session, what could I do?
While some students may feel better immediately, for others it may take several sessions before they start to feel better. Sometimes a counselor will provide you with additional resources to help you feel better or refer you to a medical doctor for additional consultation. It’s important that you communicate with your counselor how you are feeling so they can adjust treatment as necessary.
I feel like I don’t have enough time for counseling. My schedule is already very busy. Won’t the Counseling Center make my life even more complicated?
We try to simplify your life. It’s helpful to think of going to counseling as an investment — in your health and in skill-building to better manage similar situations in the future. The benefits you gain and skills you learn will actually save you time and energy in the long term.