Individual and Group Counseling
Most students receive counseling services on an individual basis. To request services, complete a Personal Counseling Request Form electronically or complete one in the Counseling Center, located in the modular unit behind Pacelli Hall. Once this form is completed, the student will be contacted by the assigned counselor within three business days. Before the initial (intake) session, the student will be sent an Initial Questionnaire to complete which asks for background information and details about the student's request.
At the intake session, usually one hour, the student can share their thoughts and concerns and together with the counselor set goals for treatment. The student will be asked to complete a quick computer assessment to be used to measure improvement or to help clarify the problem. The counselor will evaluate all of the information and recommend the best approach or technique to address the student's issue. The rest of the sessions are typically 45-50 minutes. While the Counseling Center uses a brief treatment model of 10-12 sessions, the counselors are more concerned about the specific needs of each student and will adjust the number of sessions as necessary.
If the student needs to cancel an appointment, he/she should notify the Counseling Center or the counselor as soon as possible.
Group counseling is offered on an as-needed basis and typically focuses on concerns that are best discussed among peers. Such topics may include improving relationships and coping with loss or grief.
Group sessions are facilitated by a licensed professional counselor and confidentiality is stressed to all participants. It can be comforting to share similar experiences and to have support from fellow students.
Counselors maintain strict professional standards of confidentiality and privacy. The exceptions to confidentiality are when you indicate or a counselor believes you present an foreseeable danger to yourself or others, a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse or neglect, or a court order requires disclosure of counseling files. Our files are separate from your academic and health records. In order to ensure the highest quality of care, we sometimes consult with clinical supervisors and fellow counselors. This consultation falls within the bounds of confidentiality and all efforts are made to ensure your privacy.
If the counselor determines that the psychological or medical problems that a student is experiencing requires more intensive therapy or a specialized treatment approach that is not available through the Counseling Center, a referral will be discussed with the student and made to an agreed upon off-campus treatment facility. The Counseling Center does not provide legal services such as written reports or court testimony.