People with a wide range of problems and concerns may benefit from counseling. Feeling depressed or anxious, being indecisive, having fears of failure, dealing with identity questions - these are some common reasons why people come to see a counselor. Clients also come with issues concerning relationships with friends, dating partners, and family. Some people call on counselors for help navigating developmental stages, such as starting college, or having a child. Some seek counseling in a state of crisis, when they feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

There can be many other issues, unique to the individual, for which a person might seek counseling. If you are troubled by something and want to talk about it, no problem is “too small” to deserve care and attention. Some students come for a few sessions with a counselor, others come for longer periods of time. This decision is made by the client and counselor together, depending on the needs of the client. Since Counseling Services primarily provides short-term counseling, we help clients who need to be seen for longer-term concerns to find a counselor in the community.

In general, it’s a good idea to consider seeing a counselor if your difficulties persist for an extended period of time, and/or if you experience symptoms that interfere with your daily activities.

Some of the issues for which counseling may be helpful:

  • Study habits and study skills

  • Low motivation

  • Poor concentration

  • Time management

  • Dealing with a crisis

  • Helping a friend in distress

  • Personal/social issues:

    • Decision making

    • Anxiety and stress

    • Depression

    • Anger management

    • Social and relationship problems

    • Grief and loss

    • Issues with family (conflict, substance abuse, individuation, divorce, etc.)

    • Problematic eating patterns

    • Sexual assault/rape

    • Personal growth and self esteem

    • A history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse

    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender concerns

    • Cultural diversity and oppression

    • Alcohol or drug misuse/abuse

If you have additional questions about counseling, or are still not sure if it is right for you, feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to consult with you about your situation and to answer any questions you may have.