Counseling is a psychotherapeutic service whereby “normal” everyday people receive help with “normal” everyday problems. The basic premise of counseling is that the person seeking help possesses within himself or herself the resources to solve the problem. By utilizing their skills and creating a special nonjudgmental atmosphere, the counselor is able to facilitate this process. Counseling is:
All people face difficulties during their lives, you as a college student are no different. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. So, what are you waiting for??
College is a very unique time in a person’s life. Some students are very young and away from home for the first time. Other students may be going back to school with the responsibility of a family to start a new career. No matter their reason for being in college, the lessons learned and obstacles overcome during their college years can provide a wonderful opportunity for emotional growth and maturity. However, these lessons and obstacles can also result in negative consequences such as overwhelming stress, psychological problems, and academic difficulties that affect the performance of the student. Counseling services are designed to assist students with addressing the difficulties that they encounter during these years and to promote greater overall wellness within the student population.
Students come to counseling with many concerns. Here are a few examples:
People cannot change.
I must have severe problems to see the counselor.
I am the only one who feels the way I do.
My mental health has nothing to do with my academic performance, my relationships, social skills, and friendships.
Counselors “fix” problems
Services include individual therapy, consultant and referral services, and outreach programming.
Appointments may be made by calling (478) 757-4024, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by simply dropping by the Olive Swann Porter building and asking for Jamie. Counseling Services is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm during the academic year and selected hours during the summer.
Appointments last approximately 45 minutes and may be rescheduled on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. If a longer-term therapy experience or more intensive treatment is desired or clinically-indicated, then a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made as early as possible.
All information within the counseling treatment is confidential. Information may only be disclosed with the student’s written permission. A student under the age of 18 must have parental consent to seek counseling services.
Confidentiality does not apply to the following situations:
No. Counseling records are separate from a student’s academic record. Counseling records are kept by the Counseling Office for a minimum of 7 years and are then destroyed.
During business hours (Monday—Friday, 8:30am—5:00pm), students may walk-in or call Student Affairs main office at 478-757-5214. After hours, students experiencing mental health emergencies should call Wesleyan College Campus Police at 478-960-7969 or 478-757-5145.
There are some mental health-related services that I am unable to provide (e.g., learning disability assessment, long-term psychotherapy). If one of these services is required, I will help with the referral process. Please be aware that these services generally involve a fee. In some cases, health insurance may cover some of the costs. I am happy to assist with making referrals as necessary.
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