The primary services at the Counseling Center are individual and group psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. At its core is a collaborative relationship that develops between you and the therapist (and members of a group). Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it requires a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will need to work on things discussed in your sessions at other times as well.
Many students use individual therapy to address personal concerns. Students typically seek services for help with adjusting to new situations, managing stress, difficulties in relationships, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, family problems and personal identity. Sometimes academic difficulties may reflect an underlying problem in one of these areas.
The intake interview and first few sessions focus on clarifying your needs and goals. After the first few sessions, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on a focal problem that you want to address. Most problems can be addressed in 20 or fewer sessions of therapy. In fact, most therapy lasts 6-8 sessions. Your therapist and you will probably schedule a regular meeting that lasts about 45-50 minutes.
When you have reached your goals, a termination session is scheduled in order to discuss progress made and further areas you may wish to explore through other methods. Your therapist will begin to talk with you about this termination at the appropriate time. Please make every effort to attend this final stage of therapy, as it can be just as important to you as other sessions.
Once you have ended your treatment it is possible that you may want to return to therapy in the future when you are experiencing similar symptoms or additional stresses. This is a normal and positive response to having a satisfying therapeutic experience.
The Counseling Center offers groups to assist students in their personal and academic functioning at the University. Groups provide supportive and effective treatment for addressing students’ concerns, from treatment for specific problems to personal growth and development. Different types of group therapy address different concerns: personal growth group; substance use group; and therapy group. Aspects of groups that are believed to be helpful include setting aside a time and place to address specific concerns, learning new information and skills, sharing one’s experiences with others who have been in similar situations, and providing support to others. Most groups include three to eight members in addition to the leader(s). Groups are most effective when participants attend all the group meetings. All members are expected to maintain confidentiality regarding others in the group and all material disclosed and discussed. There is no charge for groups at the Counseling Center. For a more detailed description, go to Groups.