Your first in-person contact with the Center will typically be an intake interview (assessment) in which you will have an opportunity to discuss in detail what your presenting concerns are. During the initial intake assessment, you and the therapist will make decisions about the type of services that would best meet your needs, which includes making a determination if your needs are best met by the range of services available at the Counseling Center. If it appears that you would best be served by off-campus providers, we will assist you in locating a more suitable resource.
Recommended Counseling Center services may include group or individual therapy. If you are struggling with a relationship based concern and/or you feel like you are struggling alone, group counseling may be the most helpful form of counseling. If your therapist recommends individual counseling, you may or may not be assigned to the same person you saw for the intake assessment. Occasionally, some students find that the initial session meets their needs and they require no further services. Ongoing therapy sessions last 45-50 minutes and may vary in frequency based on individual needs.
The Counseling Center follows a short-term treatment model which can help you gain a deeper understanding of concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and assist in learning ways to most effectively cope with and/or resolve problems. During your first appointment, a therapist will be attempting to gain an understanding of you and your concerns. Then, together, you will set goals for what you would like to work on. As counseling progresses, your goals may evolve or change.
Individual counseling works best when you: (a) have some idea of what you would like to talk about; (b) feel motivated to do so; and (c) feel comfortable enough with your therapist to address your concerns. For those reasons, it is often helpful to think about what you would like to discuss during a counseling session and to spend time between sessions reflecting on your feelings and behaviors. Additionally, be sure to raise with your therapist any feelings or concerns germane to the counseling process.