Our goal is to provide private and effective counseling sessions to help individuals overcome a wide range of personal or relational issues. We offer one-on-one counseling, as well as a variety of group counseling programs that change each semester.
The center also provides various on- campus education programs that cover mental health and encourage student and faculty wellness.
A safe and secure place
We know the essence of an effective therapeutic relationship is based on safeguarding a client’s privacy. That’s why to the extent permitted by law and our ethical code, the Counseling Center maintains confidentiality of all that is communicated between you and your provider. Your written permission is required before any information about, including acknowledgment of your contact with the center, is released to anyone.
Parents, professors, friends and others do not have access to information discussed in your session, unless you authorize us (both verbally and in writing) to release such information. Certain extremely infrequent situations call for exception: life and death situations, child or elder abuse and those situations mandated by law.
What to expect on your first visit
If you have never been to a counseling session, the prospect of setting your first appointment may be intimidating or overwhelming. It’s completely normal to feel that way. Rest assured our first priority is to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and welcomed. For your first appointment:
- We ask you to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork.
- You will meet with your counselor, who will take the time to get to know you and understand what brings you into counseling. Remember, there is no issue to small or too big to prevent you from seeking counseling. Your counselor will explore ways in which he or she may be able to help.
- Toward the end of the initial meeting, you and your counselor will determine the best next course of action.