Why see a counselor?
Don't only "crazy" people go for counseling? No way.
Counseling involves the concerns and problems of normal college students
just like yourself. The fact that so many students seek our services
reflects just how common the issues are.
Why should I tell a stranger things that I haven't been able to discuss
with people closest to me? The fact that a counselor is not a friend
or family member actually makes it easier for him or her to help you.
Unlike friends or family members whose advice is often colored by biases and
preconceptions, counselors work to be non-judgmental objective helpers.
Your counselor will be working to understand you, your situation, and your
But isn't it going to be hard for me to talk about what's bothering me
with a person I don't even know? Maybe, especially in the beginning.
You may feel anxious or shy, perhaps even a bit self-conscious or weak.
Counselors understand that it's normal to feel uncomfortable and cautious
during the first meeting, and they try to help by promoting an accepting
environment in which you feel at ease. As you gradually begin to trust
your counselor, you'll probably find that you can be more relaxed and open.
What if I cry or feel angry as I talk about my problems? It's okay
to feel and express intense emotions in counseling; in fact, doing so is
often one of the most helpful parts of the process. Your counselor's
office is a safe place to talk about how you are feeling, and paying close
attention to these feelings can also teach you a lot about yourself.
How much does it cost? At this time there is no charge for
counseling so long as you are enrolled in classes.
How long are most people in counseling at the center? With only a
few exceptions, students are normally in counseling for less than a
semester. If the nature of the problem suggests that a greater number
of sessions will be necessary, we help students find the kind of help they need.
Counseling sessions are normally scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or
monthly basis depending upon the nature of the problem, and are
typically 50 minutes long. Due to the small size of our staff and the
high demand for services, students are limited to five (5) individual counseling
sessions per semester.
How does counseling normally end? Once you feel that the
issues that brought you in for counseling are no longer a major concern, you
and your counselor will talk about how and when to end counseling.
Ideally, the personal awareness that you've gained and the efforts that
you've made in establishing a trusting relationship with your counselor
should provide an effective model for self-help long after counseling has
How will counseling help me? The benefits of counseling can
be invaluable: to be truly understood, to experience trust and openness with
someone, and to learn how to counsel yourself. Seeing a counselor
won't make all your problems magically disappear, but if you have the desire
to understand yourself and the will to change, then you will have taken a
powerful step toward that goal.
Use the following self-help links as the need arises.
Managing Distress after Trauma - pdf