What to Expect from Student Wellness & Counseling Center

What kind of things I can talk about in counseling?

Juggling the demands of a rigorous academic course load, responsibilities of home and family, while taking care of one's health and wellness can be challenging. The SWCC provides a safe, non-judgmental space to work through issues that many students face.  SWCC Staff are trained to assess, educate, and support students as well as address a full range of topics to maintain and improve their well-being.  No issue is too large or too small.  Some of the topics that can be addressed include, but are not limited to, personal growth, health and nutrition, smoking cessation, communication skills, anxiety and depression, time management, homesickness, conflict with family and friends, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and body image, trauma, suicidal thoughts, other topics of concern to students.

 

What if my problem isn't serious enough to go to a counselor?

Most students who come to the counseling seek someone with an objective ear outside their family and circle of friends to talk to. Counselors don't offer advice or tell you what to do. Instead, they are specially trained to help you meet your challenges head-on before they become serious problems. The Student Wellness and Counseling Center provides a safe, non-judgmental space to work through issues that many college students face. Counseling helps you to deal with personal, relationship and environmental barriers that prevent you from functioning at your best in school and personal life.

 

Who will know I am getting counseling?

Counseling is confidential. Because therapy is most effective when a student can be direct and honest with a counselor without fear that personal information will be divulged, the Student Wellness and Counseling Center does not release information about a student without that student's written permission, except in the case of imminent danger to self or others. No information about your visits will ever be connected to any of your administrative or academic records without your request or permission.

 

How many times will I need to meet with a counselor?

The Student Wellness and Counseling Center provides counseling to discuss any personal concerns students may be facing and work with students to develop new ways of resolving problems. Some students may need to see the counselor once or several times. Most problems are resolved within eight sessions, often less. There is no limit on the number of sessions students can meet with counselors, though a student may require more intensive treatment or more specialized treatment than the Student Wellness and Counseling Center can provide. In these cases, the Student Wellness and Counseling Center will assist you in finding a local treatment provider who better can meet your needs.

 

How do I pay?

All services are provided free of charge.

 

What if my problems seem to be spinning out of control?  Will the Student Wellness Counseling help with serious mental health challenges?

Counselors are trained to diagnose and help you manage a full range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and thoughts of suicide.  In cases in which a student may require more intensive treatment or more specialized treatment than the Student Wellness and Counseling Center can provide, SWCC will assist you in finding a local treatment provider who better can meet your needs.

 

What about medication?

Student Wellness Counselor does not prescribe medication. The purpose of counseling is to empower students to improve their lives. In some circumstances the counselor may advise you to see a physician or a psychiatrist for further evaluation and possible medication. In that case, the counselor would provide you with appropriate referrals.