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Personal Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "counseling"?

The primary purpose of counseling services at SXU is to promote mental and emotional health to all enrolled students to enhance the quality of their college life. It is our belief that helping students achieve optimal levels of functioning will increase the likelihood of their academic success.

If I seek counseling, does that mean I'm "crazy"?

No! Just because you are seeking services does not mean you're "crazy." Many of our students seek counseling for personal growth and/or for help managing the challenges life presents all of us at one time or another. Seeking outside help from a trained, licensed professional is a way to work through a difficult time.

What is the cost of services?

Counseling at Saint Xavier University is free to enrolled students. Alumni can receive an assessment and referral free of charge.

Does anyone (friends, family, professors) have to know that I am attending counseling?

We follow standard confidentiality practices. This information is shared with students during the first appointment. In addition, all counseling records are kept separate from any other university records.

Do I have to make an appointment for services at the Counseling Center?

Yes, under normal circumstances, we request that you complete a Request for Services packet either in person or online. However, whenever possible, we will make accommodations for those individuals in a crisis or feel the need to talk to someone immediately.

What if I need to talk to someone when the Counseling Center is closed?

If you are having a crisis or feel that you need to talk to someone during a time when the center is closed, call Public Safety at 773-298-3541 and they will contact the on-call counselor who will return your call. If the emergency is off-campus, call 911.