Counseling Services helps students manage obstacles that threaten their academic, career and life goals. Typical obstacles students face include a lack of career direction, inadequate academic and life management skills and difficulties in their personal lives.
Counselors help students increase self-awareness so they can make better career decisions. They work with individuals and groups to improve time management, organizational and study skills. Helping students develop effective communication skills and learn self-responsibility is an important part of the process. Additionally, counselors are available to help students deal with relationship issues, grief, depression, domestic violence, alcohol and drug dependency and other experiences that make it hard for students to focus on their academic coursework. When appropriate, counselors will refer students to resources in the community.
College students seek counseling services for many reasons. Some common concerns:
- Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger).
- Health-related concerns (alcohol, problems with eating or sleeping, sexuality).
- Academic issues (e.g. choosing a career path, poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety).
- Stressful or traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, conflicts among roommates, friends or family members, the death of friend or family members).
Counseling helps students learn new coping skills, set goals, solve problems, make decisions and manage stress. Counseling also provides a safe and structured environment in which students can explore various aspects of their emerging adult lives – independence, values, personal goals, intimacy and friendship.
Counseling Services provides academic skills counseling, outreach programming, web-based resources and campus programs to assist successful learning. One-on-one counseling is available by contacting a counselor at your campus.