Counseling is only for people who have severe emotional
Yes, counseling can help people with severe emotional
problems. However, students seek counseling for a broad
range of issues that may include personal development,
stress management or life circumstance problems.
Someone will find out.
Our policy is that we will not release any information
about clients without their written permission, except
in cases of imminent harm to self or others, suspicion
of child or elder abuse, or upon court order. We cannot
even tell someone that you are a client without your
written permission. Our confidentiality policy is in
accordance with the ethical guidelines of the American
Psychological Association and federal and state laws.
My problems are too small/big for the counselor to help
The counselor is sensitive to the fact that any problem
you are experiencing is important to you and is
subjectively distressing to you. Every student gets the
same attention and care regardless of what the problem
is. Depending on the type or severity of the problem,
counseling can be very brief or take place over a period
Only weak people need counseling.
There is nothing weak about participating in counseling.
In fact, entering counseling can be the first step in
confronting and solving difficulties, which is, in fact,
a courageous thing to do.
The counselor will tell you what to do and how to “fix”
Counseling is not a “quick fix” to your problems. The
counselor is there to help you explore your feelings,
thoughts, and concerns, learn more about yourself,
examine your options, overcome obstacles, and achieve
your goals. This is a process that takes time and the
counselor is there to facilitate the process of change.
The counselor can’t understand you unless she/he has had
similar experiences or is from the same background.
Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful
and valuing of diversity including individual
differences related to gender, race/ethnicity, religion,
age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Your
counselor may not have had the same experiences as you,
but she/he work empathically from your unique cultural
background to help you figure out how you want to handle
different aspects of your life.
If I go to see the counselor, my chances for obtaining a
certain job will be hindered.
Counseling is confidential and we will not provide any
information about you to anyone outside of the
Counseling Center unless we have written consent from
you. You will be given detailed information about our
confidentiality policy and its limits when you first
come for services. You can ask questions and discuss any
concerns about it with your counselor.