What is Counseling?

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:

  • Psychoeducational. The counseling process involves learning about self, origins of maladaptive behavior, options for changing behavior, interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies and options for change.
  • Confidential. The content of counseling sessions as well as information about clients who seek counseling is kept strictly confidential. The only limits to confidentiality are an immediate and severe threat to the life of oneself or others.
  • Solution-focused. Rather than focusing on the past, counseling concentrates on present behavior and the facilitation of adaptive processes. The goals for the process are concrete and measurable.
  • Brief. Unlike psychotherapy, most counseling processes involve between one and ten sessions with the counselor.

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??

Why are counselors important on college campuses?

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.


What concerns do college students bring to counseling?

Students come to counseling with many concerns. Here are a few examples:

  • Lifestyle Adjustments: homesickness, making friends, time management/procrastination, cultural adaptation
  • Personal Identity: self-esteem/independence, decision making, anxiety/stress, questioning sexual identity
  • Relationships: parents, friends, roommates, boyfriends, girlfriends, unhealthy relationships
  • Academics: school work/grades, need to withdraw from school, performance anxiety
  • Depression: chronic depression, ups and downs, family concerns
  • Health and Wellness: binge drinking, body image, unhealthy eating patterns, STDs, sexual assault


Myths about counseling

People cannot change.

  • FACT: Important changes often take time and energy in order to occur. Although many people feel some relief and improved mood after only a couple of sessions, counseling will not provide a quick fix to your problems. Counseling can help you work toward meaningful life change over the long term, in addition to helping you manage current difficulties more effectively.

I must have severe problems to see the counselor.

  • FACT: Seeing a counselor does not mean that you are mentally ill or "crazy." In addition to addressing more serious emotional problems, counseling can help with: life transitions adjusting to new surroundings difficulty juggling school, work, family, and other responsibilities academic problems, difficulty in test-taking and/or test anxiety struggles with self-esteem, communication, or assertiveness relationship problems

I am the only one who feels the way I do.

  • FACT: While each person presents to counseling with their own unique concerns, many of those concerns are similar to their peers.

My mental health has nothing to do with my academic performance, my relationships, social skills, and friendships.

  • FACT: Mental health affects all aspects of our lives and daily functioning.

Counselors “fix” problems

  • FACT: Counseling is not a quick cure for your problems. The counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns; to examine your options; and to assist you in achieving the goals you have set.


What services are provided through Student Counseling Services?

Services include individual therapy, consultant and referral services, and outreach programming.


How do I make an appointment?

Appointments may be made by calling (478) 757-4024, email jthames@wesleyancollege.edu, 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:

  • Threat to self
  • Threat to others
  • Reported or suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child (under age 18), disabled adult, or the elderly


Are counseling records a part of my academic record?

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.

What should I do in case of emergency?

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.

What services are not provided through Student Counseling Services?

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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