Many students, at times, experience uncertainty or confusion about themselves or their life situations. There is no problem too small or too big to bring to counseling. We have a diverse staff and trainees that work to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and multi-culturally sensitive for all students.
It's super common to be nervous your first time to any Counseling Center and our staff aims to make this as comfortable as possible.
Here is a brief outline of what you can expect when you come to the Counseling Center:
- First visits to the Center do not require an appointment.
- Students can walk in Monday-Friday between 10 am- 4 pm to be set up with services and meet with staff.
- Counseling services are confidential and free to currently enrolled students registered for 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters, and 1 credit hour in the summer semester.
- Allow about 30 minutes for the first visit to complete necessary paperwork and meet briefly with a therapist.
- We are committed to minimizing wait times as much as possible and the goal is to meet a therapist within 15 minutes of your arrival but this is cannot guaranteed.
- During the initial first appointment session, you will be asked to describe your current concerns. The staff therapist will make every effort to understand you and your situation and will likely ask questions to obtain specific information about your well-being.
- If a follow up appointment was not scheduled during your initial session, you will be contacted by our office administrative staff to schedule your next appointment
- Students are allotted 12 sessions per academic year, 6 in the fall and 6 in the spring
- Group therapy sessions are unlimited
- Learn more about our appointment process >
In individual counseling, students will work with a therapist to explore their concerns and work to better understand and resolve their difficulties.
When a student is seeking or referred for counseling, here is what you can expect
at your first visit. All new students will meet for a brief session to express their
concerns with a therapist. Some students may find that this initial appointment is
sufficient enough to resolve their presenting concerns, while others might need continued
support. If the session constitutes an individual counseling referral, you will be
scheduled for an intake session. At subsequent sessions, you can expect to discuss
some of the reasons you scheduled your appointment and establishing and work towards
goals for therapy. Individual sessions typically last 45 minutes and usually are weekly
to every other week to less frequent as you progress through your treatment.
Career Counseling is also offered to all registered students and is structured to support you in identifying possible career options by exploring your vision, interests, skills, values, and life goals. Our staff works to help those undecided about their future, considering a career change, unsure about their major, or worrying about the job market.
Our center policy does limit individual sessions to 12 individual counseling sessions per academic year. This is to ensure that we sever the greatest number of students on our campus. We do offer unlimited group sessions throughout the academic year for students to utilize.
Please visit group counseling page for information on that.
In group therapy, students will meet weekly with one or two group therapists to receive services. In groups, members have the opportunity to share concerns and listen to each other, give and receive feedback, offer support to one another, express feelings, and learn more about how they interact with others. These ways can be a very effective way to work through treatment in a collaborative way. Group counseling is the only long-term treatment option offered at the Counseling Center. Please view our Spring 2020 group counseling options below!
What to expect if you are referred for group counseling
- From triage, you will be referred for a screening with the staff member who is leading the group to determine if the specific group is deemed best for your treatment.
- This consult will help you engage with the therapists leading the group and have an opportunity to learn more, set personal goals for the group, and ask any questions about the group opportunity.
- After that, you will be scheduled for the next group meeting that meets approximately once a week.
Common Questions About Group
Why do people join groups?
Group therapy can be helpful in many ways, but often people participate in group therapy if they are struggling with relationships and to address interpersonal concerns. If you have been referred to group by one of our therapists, it is because it is the most effective method for addressing your concerns.
How does group therapy work?
Group therapy is a unique experience for most people because the therapists and group members work hard to make it a safe and confidential place to explore relationships. During group therapy things that are reviewed are confidentiality of the group, expectations, and norms which are reviewed periodically throughout the group process.
Group therapy usually works because members behave in the group in ways that reflect how they behave outside of group and from there, the therapists and other members can help the individual change by giving feedback and insight to help improve their behaviors. These suggestions can be practiced so that members can see other options in a supportive and safe environment. Group therapy can also provide a space where members don't feel alone in their pain or struggles, even if interacting in group settings is difficult due to shyness or anxiety.
How can I get the most out of group?
Apprehension is common for people when beginning group therapy and that is okay. There are some things that you can do to maximize the chances that group will be a meaningful and healing experience for you such as being willing to participate and commit to group, being as genuine as you can be in group, thinking about what you would like to gain from group, knowing your limits in self-disclosure but finding ways to challenge yourself in order to grow in your treatment, trying to give others feedback and insight when you think it could be helpful for other member, and being patient with the group process and progress.
Spring 2020 Group Therapy Options
From the week of Feb. 3-April 20
Self Esteem & Identity Development
- What is good enough and how to you measure it? Trying to figure out value and worth is challenging, especially in school. Learning more about self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, and your own identity can not only improve your college experience, it can improve your decision making habits and increase life satisfaction.
- Potential Group Members are students dealing with existential concerns of "who am I" and/or not feeling "good enough
- Wednesdays 1pm
Healthy Relationships & Family Matters
- Relationships get complicated, and not just with partners. Family members, friends, co-workers and roommates can all create some awesome or awkward connections! Learn more about your personal rights in relationships, how to build and maintain healthy boundaries, and the importance of your own closure and forgiveness.
- Students involved in any relationship where there is evidence of toxic behaviors, trouble setting boundaries, or ambiguity
- Tuesdays at 3:00
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidenced-based practice created to help clients dealing with intense emotions and self-destructive actions. This skills group can help with managing emotions, concentration, decision making and maintaining healthy boundaries. We use the following 4 skills to learn new behaviors: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
- Students who struggle with managing intense emotions, have self-destructive behaviors, unhealthy personal boundaries, impulsivity, and "all or nothing" thinking
- Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 2pm
Alcohol, Drugs, and You
- When we have experiences with alcohol and other drugs, things can get complicated and confusing. In this group, members are able to explore their own personal experiences with substances and learn about the effects on their thoughts, feelings, and actions. One important aspect that will be discussed is our relationship to substances and how that shapes and informs our expectations, judgment, and decision making. After being in this group, it is our hope that each member leaves with more self-awareness on the role of substances in their lives and how to create and maintain healthy boundaries with it.
- Students who currently use substances and want to re-evaluate their intake and relationship with substances
- First Thursday of the month- 2/6, 3/5, 4/2. 3-4pm
Coping Skills for Anxiety and Depression
- This is a space to process through current experiences with Anxiety and Depression when you feel like you are no longer in control of your life. We will focus on the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional skills which one can develop and use to manage symptoms related to Anxiety and Depression. Elements of Positive Psychology such as resiliency and gratitude will be incorporated. You can also learn about effective self-help techniques and behavior activation.
- Students who are experiencing symptoms related to depression and/or anxiety
- Wednesday 12pm, Friday 1pm
Grief & Loss
- Experiencing the loss of a loved one can leave us feeling stuck, empty or alone, often with a number of questions that seem to remain unanswered. Please join us for a grief and bereavement group designed to provide a safe space to discuss and learn ways of re-adjusting to life after loss.
- Students who deal with recent losses or complicated grief
- Last Wednesday of the Month- 2/26, 3/25, 4/22 5pm-6pm
LGBTQ Support Group
- Identity exploration and support can be a struggle during your college years. This group provides a supportive environment for students to discuss their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual issues (LGBTQ). In this brave space individuals can discuss identity, struggles, coming out, transitioning, relationships, and victories that come with being a part of the LGBTQ community.
- Students who identify with the LGBTQ population and are comfortable with processing their experiences
- Friday at 12pm
Social Anxiety Skills Group
- A group for students who experience social anxiety and want to work on it with others who experience it as well. This group will use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help students understand and deal with their social anxiety with mindfulness and behavioral strategies. We will create a safe place to talk about experiences and practice new skills.
- Student who experience social anxiety
- Mondays 1 pm
Sexual Assault Survivors
- This group provides a safe and confidential space for female-identified students who have experienced sexual assault and/or unwanted sexual activity. This group offers members the space to receive and provide support, process emotions related to the trauma, and work towards reestablishing safety. The group will also provide psycho-education on trauma and assist members to develop strategies for self-care and coping.
- Students who experienced sexual assault
- Wednesday at 3pm
Couples counseling is provided to students when at least one partner is service eligible for the semester. Couples can include roommates, partners, teammates, or other relationships that are experiencing concern or conflict.
If you are seeking couples counseling, both partners will need to complete initial intake forms at their first appointment. At your first session with your therapist, you can expect to discuss your concerns about the relationship and establish goals for your therapy treatment. Couples sessions typically last 45 minutes, meet every other week, and take place with both members of the couple in the room. There may be times when each partner might meet individually with the therapist, especially at the start of the therapy experience.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Learning Disorder Testing and Evaluation
- ADHD support is available under our free services to assist students that have been diagnosed to help them succeed academically
- Testing session are four hours that use a variety of assessment tools that includes a follow up feedback session after summary and analysis is finalized.
- Assessments are finalized is approximately two weeks to streamline the process for students to obtain accommodations as needed.
- Personality assessments are $75 and ADHD/LD testing is $300.
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
- When students are in ongoing treatment with a therapist and medications referrals are needed, uninsured students can be seen at our center.
- Students in need of medication management and psychiatric support that have insurance are given referrals to community resources.
- Students coming to the center between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm are seen briefly to assess for safety and schedule or refer as appropriate.
- Walk in appointments are approximately 15 minutes and staff are committed to minimizing wait times as much as possible so that students should be able to see a staff therapist within 15 minutes of your arrival.
- Students experiencing crisis after hours can call the staff therapist at 901-678-4357 (HELP) and ask to speak to the on call therapist.
- A staff therapist or doctoral intern is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for our students in crisis.
- Supervisors accompany interns when after-hours crises require a return to campus.
- Staff therapist are always available for consultation and to assist with crises when necessary.