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Individual Counseling

Many students meet individually with a counselor to work on personal concerns.
Students may meet for one or more sessions. If you have a preference for a particular counselor, we will try to honor your request.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Individual counseling offers an opportunity for you to talk with a counselor. Your counselor will ask you to discuss your concerns, and the kind of assistance you are seeking. Your counselor will help you to make a plan to work on your concerns. It is up to you to decide what you want to get out of the counseling experience.

What will happen in counseling depends on the unique needs and strengths of each person seeking assistance. The first one or two meetings are usually spent clarifying the problem and examining what solutions have already been attempted. Your concerns can be affected by many factors. These include your feelings about the situation, personality traits, relationships among family members, your ability to be flexible and to try new things, and the impact of other major life events. For example, worrying about something at home may interfere with your ability to concentrate on your schoolwork. Learning about you aids the counselor in determining which counseling strategies might be most helpful for you.

You may talk about different ways to approach your concern before deciding what to try first. It is important not to get impatient or frustrated if the first approach doesn't seem to work. You may use a variety of strategies before arriving at an approach that is right for you. It is important to address any concerns you have about your relationship with your counselor, including expectations or concerns you have about the counseling process.

Sometimes we make referrals to other areas that can better help you with your concern. If you need a referral please make sure to make that known to the counselor.

Counseling contacts with students are confidential, and counseling information is not a part of student records or transcripts. No information is released without the student's written authorization, except as required by law. Exceptions include situations in which a student clearly represents a danger to self or others, child abuse, abuse of the elderly, or a court order.