Students are offered ten sessions of psychotherapy. All sessions are confidential; your friends and family members do not need to know that you are in counseling if you wish to keep it private. Sessions at CPS are also free of charge.
Individual appointments are made on a first come, first served basis by calling us during office hours Monday through Friday. Students will first speak briefly with a counselor by phone, at which time they will introduce their concerns, symptoms, and goals. Next, students will be scheduled for an in-person evaluation with a counselor, during which they can explore these issues in much greater detail. This initial appointment affords the student and counselor the opportunity to more comprehensively assess whatever has brought the student in. Some problems are adequately resolved during this time. In other cases, additional counseling is indicated. When additional counseling is deemed appropriate, the student and counselor will decide which resources currently available at the counseling center, other campus agencies, or in the community are best suited to the student's particular needs. Students will be assigned to their therapists as soon as possible. Assignment to a therapist may take up to one week. If waiting a week feels too long, your counselor will set up a follow-up appointment with you. Please note that the counselor you meet with for your initial "exploration and assessment" appointment may not be the therapist/counselor you ultimately end up working with.
Students can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understandng and resolution of their difficulties. Counseling consists of private discussions that usually occur on a weekly basis for 45-minutes. Therapists can help students become more aware of the feelings, thoughts, and motivations that guide their lives. With greater self-understanding, students are often able to make better decisions and have more satisfying relationships. Therapists can also help students identify unhealthy coping strategies and develop more effective ways to cope with life problems.