Exploration and Assessment (Initial Appointment)
The purpose of your initial appointment with a therapist is to explore and evaluate your concerns, problems, and goals. Some problems are adequately resolved during this time. When additional counseling is appropriate, you and the counselor will decide which resources currently available at the Counseling Center, at other campus agencies, or in the community are best suited to your particular needs. Initial appointments are made on a first come, first serve basis by calling us during office hours Monday through Friday. There are several appointments available every day.
Students can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understanding and resolution of their difficulties. This short-term individual counseling will be arranged through the Exploration and Assessment appointment.
One of the best ways to learn about yourself and how you interact with others is by being in a group. Groups typically have 6 to 8 students and one or two trained group leaders. The Counseling Center offers a range of groups at various times throughout the academic year. Any student interested in joining a group may contact the counseling center at your campus for information on the types of groups offered for the semester.
Referrals for Private Therapy
In the case of problems that exceed the scope of the Center's short term counseling focus, or in the case where resources are not available within the University, your counselor will assist you in obtaining private therapy. The cost of such therapy is not included in your student fees. Student Health Insurance, or other comparable health insurance plans, may reimburse part of the cost of private therapy. Your counselor will discuss additional possible options to help defray costs if a referral for private therapy is made. Most off-campus counseling centers offer affordable low fee and sliding scale fees for students. Please see our Therapy Referrals webpage for more details.