The UCC works with students with a wide variety of issues and concerns. Students often seek counseling for feelings of depression, loneliness, or inadequacy, difficulty coping with academic pressures, leaving home, problems in relationships, or for assistance in dealing with the effects of violence. To make the most of your counseling time, be honest with yourself and your therapist, tell your therapist about what you find helpful, and take an active part in deciding how to use your hour. During your initial interview with a UCC therapist, you and your therapist will decide whether you will continue to work together or whether referral to another therapist is more appropriate. The UCC attempts to match clients with the therapist who has the most training and experience with that client's concerns. Each counseling session lasts approximately fifty minutes. To accommodate student demand for services a ten session limit is recommended. In some circumstances, however, the number of sessions may be extended. All information obtained in counseling is confidential and not released without the written consent of the student. Release of information without your prior consent would occur only in situations involving immediate danger to the client or others, or instances of child abuse. Client information will not be released to family, friends, staff, or faculty without your consent.
The UCC serves as a mental health consultant for the campus community. Students, faculty, or staff who have questions or concerns about a student can call the Center and talk with one of the therapists. In response to requests from staff, faculty, or students the Center provides workshops and presentations on a variety of student health and development topics. We have gone to classrooms and residence halls to meet and speak with students about relationships, sexuality, depression, dating violence, stress, and other related concerns. If your class or organization would like a speaker on one of these topics call the Center for more information.
In group therapy, several individuals with similar concerns or issues meet confidentially with one or two therapists who facilitate group discussion and problem solving. Groups are subject to change. Contact the Counseling Center for current options.