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Psychological Services

counseling & psychological services office

The Psychological Services staff assist students in resolving personal problems that interfere significantly with their education. Each year many students seek help for personal and academic concerns. Although the reasons for requesting counseling are as individual as the students themselves, frequently mentioned issues include:

  • anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and guilt
  • interpersonal problems regarding family and friends
  • academic problems, test anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and feeling inadequate
  • coping with stressful events such as leaving home, loneliness, illness, failure, or death of a loved one
  • other issues such as lack of self-confidence, sexual concerns, eating-related difficulties, and drug/ alcohol use.

Through counseling, students can discover some of the causes of personal and academic difficulties and learn ways to overcome them or to enhance their coping abilities.


 

Students may voice the following concerns:
  • I wish I had more confidence in myself.
  • I feel tense, confused and depressed.
  • I want to talk to someone about a tough decision I've got to make.
  • I have problems too personal to discuss with just anybody.
  • My partying is hurting my grades and I want some help.
  • An important relationship has ended and I need to talk to someone.
  • Handling school and my family is just too much sometimes.
  • I think I'm over-involved in social activities.
Psychological services are provided to help students reach their educational goals. There are various types of assistance available including:
  • short-term individual counseling
  • consultation in crisis situations
  • referrals to local mental health resources
  • substance abuse screenings and referrals
  • educational programs
  • a website of self-help information
Students come to Psychological Services for different reasons and seek assistance in a number of different ways. Some students call ahead for an appointment while others stop by to speak privately with a counselor. Other students simply stop by to pick up some self-help informational pamphlets, or to get a referral to a local off-campus counselor or agency.

 


 

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