What to Expect in Counseling

Individual counseling and Group therapy help you to clarify your concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to effectively cope and/or resolve your concerns.

New Student Appointments

Your first visit to our office will involve completion of paperwork and a triage interview with a trained graduate assistant (GA). This initial appointment is not a therapy session.

During this appointment, you will:

  • learn about confidentiality
  • learn about our appointment structure
  • answer some screening questions
  • briefly share concerns that have prompted you to seek counseling

If you feel our services are a good fit for you, the graduate assistant will schedule an intake appointment with one of our therapists.

Those whose needs cannot be accommodated within our treatment model will be referred to an outside community provider. Learn more more about referrals.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions typically last about 50 minutes. During your individual counseling sessions, you and your therapist will collaboratively explore your concerns, establish goals and discuss ways to meet your goals. Most student concerns can be addressed in six or fewer sessions. 

You may be encouraged to practice new behaviors, utilize books or other resources to enhance your understanding and coping skills, or connect with other campus or community resources as needed. Your therapist may assign “homework,” which takes place between sessions and is often just as important as the discussion you have during your session.

Group Therapy Sessions

You may request to join a group by contacting the Counseling Services office or you may discuss  group interest with your therapist. Unlike individual therapy, group therapy sessions are unlimited—students may join multiple groups and attend as often as they like.  Groups are limited to six participants and one therapist facilitator.  Group confidentiality is strictly respected and all students are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.  Each group typically meets in a Therapist’s office for approximately 50 minutes over the course of four weekly sessions. 

Research indicates that group therapy is more effective than individual therapy, alone.  Sharing concerns, struggles, and possible solutions help people to see that they are not alone. Your group is a community in which to safely share your thoughts and ideas and receive non-judgmental feedback.  In group, you may be encouraged to practice new behaviors to enhance your understanding and coping skills. The Therapist may assign “homework,” which takes place between sessions and is often just as important as the discussions you have within group sessions. Groups can be very encouraging and empowering as you hear how other members successfully cope with or overcome difficulties. You may find that you not only get the help you need, but you may be able to help others!

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