WHY SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Common reasons to schedule an appointment include:
- Anxiety and/or Panic Attacks
- Depressed Mood
- Relationship problems with family, peers, or significant others
- Substance Use / Abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Traumatic experiences
WHAT ARE STUDENTS LOOKING FOR FROM COUNSELING?
- Students have varying goals when coming to counseling, but the most common goals include:
- Symptom reduction (e.g., “I want to be less depressed.”).
- Learn coping strategies / develop healthy habits (e.g., “I need to take better care of myself.”).
- Change a problematic behavior (e.g., “I would like to be less irritable with others.”).
- Receive support (e.g., “A family member passed away, and I need someone to talk to.”).
- Assessment (e.g., “I want to know if I have a problem with alcohol.”).
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST MEETING WITH A CLINICIAN
Some students are nervous about their first meeting with a clinician (psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, psychiatrist, etc.). If it would be helpful to learn more about our Counseling Center staff click here.
Here’s what usually happens at the first meeting:
- Arrive early to fill out 15 minutes of paperwork on what brings you to counseling and some demographic information.
- Clinician will come out and get you from the waiting room. You will have a meeting in an office and sit in a chair (i.e., laying on couches is not a thing here).
- Your clinician will review confidentiality and discuss with you the concern(s) that are bringing you in. They will also ask some background questions about your eating, sleeping, etc., as these habits can affect mental health.
- At the end of the session, you will discuss whether you want to continue counseling and if so, what you want to work on. (Some people aren’t sure about their goals, which is ok. Sometimes they become more clear over time or change as life situation changes).
The first appointment with a clinician at the Counseling Center is scheduled for 90 minutes. The 90 minute block allows time for computer paperwork for new clients. All subsequent meetings with a clinician will be scheduled for 50 minutes, unless the student and clinician agree on a shorter meeting time (e.g., 30 minutes).