What can you expect during your initial visit? When you arrive, you will encounter a warm and accepting environment. You will be asked to complete an intake form, and then will meet with a counselor for approximately 50-60 minutes. This session is your opportunity to explore what brought you to the Counseling Center. During this time, the counselor will ask you questions that will help clarify your situation. The counselor may elicit background information about you as well as information about your current life. The session will conclude with you and the counselor deciding whether there is an agreed upon need for counseling and what goals you will want to achieve. The Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling sessions for students as well as consultation with faculty, staff and parents. Counseling resources ranging from pamphlets and videos, community referrals, to on-line assessments are also available. The Counseling Center also has a relaxation room known as the Cooley Corner Chill room, featuring a massage chair, aroma therapy, and biofeedback programs.
The information you share in a counseling session will be treated with the highest regard for confidentiality. This means that information will not be disclosed to any outside persons or agencies without your written permission, including whether you have used our services. Read More about Confidentiality
Counseling Center offers short-term personal counseling in a comfortable, safe and confidential environment. Individual counseling allows students the opportunity to explore their personal issues, identify stressors, improve decision-making skills, and find constructive ways to cope. Some students choose to attend a single session, but many students return for up to eight sessions with the same counselor. Read More about Individual Counseling
Group Counseling is often the most effective counseling intervention. Counseling groups typically have 5-8 members and are led by one or two counselors. Most groups meet weekly for 75 minutes and run for a varying number of weeks. Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in counseling groups. Read More about Group Counseling
Most students who use the Counseling Center are just looking for support through the normal challenges of everyday life. Students may have experienced the loss of a partner, parent or pet and need help through their grieving process. Read More about Who Uses Our Services