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Counseling FAQs

While counseling does deal with people who have emotional problems, it can also help:

  • Students choose a program major or career path
  • Relationships that are experiencing conflict or misunderstandings
  • Individuals having academic problems, learning difficulties, or test anxiety
  • Individuals who are having thoughts of suicide or other self-destructive behaviors
  • Students trying to adjust to new surroundings or homesickness
  • Feelings of low self-esteem.

Actually, counseling is a cooperative venture between you and the counselor to resolve problems that are causing concerns in your life.

It is an educational process which enables you to learn more about yourself and how to develop skills that are effective in resolving problems you may seek out counseling because you find that your usual ways of handling problems aren't working well for some reason, or that you are faced with an issue that you've never had before.

Once the counselor hears your concern, she can help you learn new ways of looking at situations, or help you acquire skills that allow you to resolve this problem as well as others in the future.

You can bring any problem that is bothering you to the counselor.

Even if a problem originates outside of college, it can easily have an affect on your ability to concentrate on school work or class attendance.

If the counselor feels that she does not have expertise in that area, she will make a referral to the appropriate off-campus office or agency.

The counselor cannot "fix" your problem - only you can.

However, the counselor helps you to change your thinking process, seek alternatives, or learn skills so that you can find a solution.

Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful of individual differences, including the specific concerns of students with regard to gender, racial/ethnic, cultural, religious, age, sexual preference/orientation, and socioeconomic issues.

While problems are as unique as the people experiencing them, the feelings and emotions that people experience and the skills needed to solve problems are universal.

The Counseling Office is committed to respecting your privacy. When you stop or call for an appointment, you will be asked the nature of your visit because the counselors see people for a variety of reasons, e.g. withdrawing from a course or from college, academic planning, career assessment, etc.

This helps them to determine the length of the appointment. When asked, you simply say "personal counseling" and that will give the secretaries the information they need.

The discussion with the counselor is strictly confidential, unless it is determined that you or someone else is at personal bodily risk. The counselor must get your permission before discussing your situation with an instructor or administrator.

We prefer to call these Interest Inventories instead of tests, because with tests there are always right and wrong answers. The concept behind all Interest Inventories or Career Assessments is to sort occupations to match one's areas of interest or personality.

You are asked questions or to make selections so that items that do not match are eliminated from the final list. This gives a person a much smaller and manageable group of occupations to research.

No one person or assessment can tell you what to do; it is a choice you make as a result of a number of factors, hopefully the most important being something that you would enjoy doing.