Counseling is a process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a trained counselor who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals.

Counseling involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information that may at times be distressing. During the course of counseling, there may be periods of increased anxiety or confusion. Your counselor is available to support you throughout the counseling process. The outcome of counseling is generally positive; however, the level of satisfaction for any individual is not predictable.

Your counselor may be a clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor or supervised intern. We may ask your consent to audiotape your counseling sessions. This is done so that the counselor can review sessions in order to aid the counseling process. If you decide to refuse taping, you are still eligible for counseling services. The tapes are confidential and are erased after use. Every client of the Counseling Center is eligible to receive an evaluation to determine the most appropriate form of counseling. Your counselor will help you determine if counseling is an appropriate choice for you.

Your counselor may recommend a consultation with the Center's psychiatric consultant for either a medication evaluation or for treatment planning. You and your counselor will decide together the value of the psychiatric consultation. There is no fee involved for this service.