Your First Appointment
If this is your first experience with counseling, you may feel a little nervous about what to expect. We hope that this introduction will give you some sense of what the counseling experience is like and the framework in which it occurs.
STEP 1: MAKING YOUR APPOINTMENT
You can either make an appointment by stopping by 113 Walker Health Center or calling the CSC during business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.). EMAIL IS NOT ALWAYS CONFIDENTIAL. PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL COUNSELORS.
STEP 2: ATTENDING YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
If possible, please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment, as you will be asked to complete some brief and basic paperwork. This is completed on one of our iPads.
At first, you will have an intake session with one of our counselors to clarify the concerns and/or problems that prompted you to seek counseling. The intake session will allow you and the counselor to determine if the CSC will be appropriate for you to continue counseling, or if a referral for off-campus services is needed. Sessions typically last between 45-50 minutes.
If it determined that you would benefit from continued counseling, you and your counselor will discuss a schedule for sessions, as well as how many sessions you can expect to have for the semester. Typically, students are seen 4-6 times in one semester, depending on the problem. If long-term or more intensive treatment is needed, your counselor will help you get connected to services off campus.
STEP 3: SETTING GOALS FOR COUNSELING
In the beginning, your counselor will help you focus on what you want to accomplish in counseling and help you formulate goals for your counseling experience.
It has been our experience that the more committed you are to actively participating in the counseling process, the more satisfied you will be with the results of counseling. Also, the more invested you are in your own growth, the more quickly you will see these desired changes occur.
STEP 4: WORKING TOWARDS ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS
Your counselor will help you develop healthy coping skills to help you manage the issue at hand. Some of these skills may or may not work for you, but trying these out will help you determine what does. Try to have an open mind during the process.
Your counselor may assign “homework” to help you reach your goals, challenge yourself to try something new, and hopefully help resolve the issue bringing you in for counseling.
It’s our job to make it so that our clients no longer need counseling. You and your counselor will determine when it is appropriate for you to terminate (or end) counseling for this problem.