How do I know if I need counseling?
Students who seek counseling do so because they are experiencing some form of discomfort or dissatisfaction in their personal lives. They may have problems in their relationships with others or concerns about their personal adequacy or competence. Many experience anxiety or depression without really knowing why. At times, students may also experience a lack of career direction. These and many other concerns are common reasons for seeking help at Counseling and Psychological Services.
What can I expect from counseling?
Although counselors may differ somewhat in their approaches, there are certain similarities which characterize the helping relationship. In the beginning stage of counseling, your counselor will ask you about your concerns to gain a deeper understanding of you and your life situations. As counseling proceeds, trust between you and your counselor builds and a working partnership is developed. Using a variety of approaches, your counselor will work with you to explore your feelings, make your own decisions, and resolve your concerns. As you gain an understanding of yourself and your feelings, your counselor will work with you to develop and improve your life skills. It should be noted that as you work to resolve your concerns, your stress level may increase temporarily and affect your schoolwork, work or relationships.
Counseling and Psychological Services is provided in an open, honest and supportive atmosphere. Your counselor will respect you and your difficulties and is concerned that you receive the best possible treatment. We look forward to assisting you with your personal and career concerns.
What rights do I have if I come to counseling?
Students who are eligible to receive services at Counseling and Psychological Services have the following rights as clients:
- The right to impartial access to treatment regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability, or lifestyle preference.
- The right to ask questions about the process of counseling and procedures used at Counseling and Psychological Services.
- The right to information regarding counselor credentials and training.
- The right to expect that all information disclosed in counseling will be kept confidential with the exception of information related to danger to self or others, or to the abuse of a child or incapacitated adult. In some cases (e.g., divorce, child custody) information has been released upon court order.
- The right to participate in the planning of treatment.
- The right to request a different counselor from the one assigned. This request may be made to the Mental Health Supervisor.
- The right to terminate counseling at any time.
- The right to review treatment records, unless in the view of the therapist, this would be harmful to the client.
- The right to file a grievance about services offered.