What We Do
Counseling Services provides a free and confidential space for students to talk with a skilled professional counselor who can help them address problems that may be interfering with their academic and/or personal success. Some examples include:
- family problems
- stress and anxiety
- academic problems
- eating and body image issues
- sexuality and gender issues
- cultural adjustment issues
- relationship difficulties
- serious illness at home
- substance use/abuse
- effects of trauma
Most of our work involves helping students who are having difficulty dealing with challenging and stressful life events. We are also trained to assess and treat more serious mental health concerns.
Health Services consulting psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner can conduct diagnostic assessments and prescribe medication. Appointments are arranged through Health or Counseling Services practitioners. There is no charge for these services.
What You Can Do
If you believe there is an imminent threat to safety, please call Security at x5911 for an immediate response.
In other cases where you are concerned about a student’s emotional well being, there are several options:
- Let the student know you are concerned, and if the situation requires more time or expertise than you are able to provide, be honest with the student about your limitations and refer.
- Explain that deans, counselors, health center professionals, chaplains and hall staff members are all available specifically to help students in troubling situations.
- Encourage the student to consider seeking further help. Don’t underestimate your influence – your encouragement can help make the difference in whether a student seeks additional support or not.
- We strongly encourage you to contact Counseling Services for further consultation if you are unsure how to handle a situation. Call x4490 and ask to speak with a counselor for consultation.
- You may offer to walk the student over to Counseling Services, or encourage the student to schedule an appointment while they are sitting with you. These additional steps may increase a student’s comfort level with seeking help and/or the likelihood of follow through.
Possible Signs of Distress
- numerous absences from class
- lack of participation in class
- often coming late or sleeping in class
- marked drop in the quality of work
- frequent hostile or sarcastic remarks
- threats of violence
- inappropriate remarks
- expressed hopelessness or suicidal/homicidal thinking
- mention of personal crisis or other problems
- frequent requests for personal conferences
- frequent requests for extensions or incompletes.
Our confidentiality policy requires that we have specific permission from the student if we are to talk with faculty, staff, deans, parents or others about the student. The exception to this is if we have reason to believe there is imminent danger to that individual student or others. Please let students know that their confidentiality at Counseling Services will be carefully observed. Also keep in mind that while we may not be able to share information about a student, we can always listen and provide general consultation.