What is Counseling?
Counseling, most simply stated, is an interaction between a person who is "stuck" in some way and in need of help, and another person who is trained in helping people get "unstuck." It is a growth process through which students are helped to do the following:
- Define goals
- Make decisions
- Solve problems related to personal, social, academic, and career concerns
The Counseling Center provides a safe place to talk with a professional about concerns or problems, no matter how minor or serious, which might interfere with personal growth and academic achievement. Personal counseling is provided to individuals or couples to help students with a wide variety of problems including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Each individual and concern is handled in a non-judgmental environment with understanding and objectivity.
Am I eligible for Counseling?
Services are available to all currently enrolled students whether full-time or part-time. Services are also available to faculty and staff employed by the College. There are no fees or charges for use of services.
How do I know If either myself or a friend need(s) Counseling?
If the difficulties that you are having in life are impacting your ability to concentrate,
relate to others, maintain a healthy lifestyle, or cope in general, then seeking
counseling is an option to consider. This does not mean that there is something
"wrong" with you if you do seek counseling. One of the healthiest decisions is to
acknowledge that there is a problem and take the first step.
What behavorial signs should I look for?
- Threatens to harm themselves or others
- Appears tired, sleeps in class or job, is not motivated
- Grades or work performance consistently declines
- Test performance or work quality is poor
- Excessively angry or confrontational
- Openly discusses personal problems
- Difficulty communicating with individuals
- Excessive absences
- Noticeable changes in appearance and hygiene
What should I expect from Counseling?
You should expect:
- Ways to effectively cope with your situation
- Talking about your problems in a safe and non-judgmental environment
- Support from an objective and caring person
- Help in determining healthy and safe alternatives
- When no one else will listen, Counselors are there to help you with a caring ear
- Realization that you are not alone with your problem and most problems are solvable.
What should I NOT expect from Counseling?
- “Magical” solution
- Judgmental attitudes
- Having the Counselor “fix” the problem for you.