Your First Visit
Your first visit to our office will involve an Initial Consultation with a Therapist. This initial appointment is not a therapy session. Initial Consultations occur throughout the day and does not have to be a scheduled appointment. To avoid a wait time, please schedule an appointment; otherwise, we will work you in as soon as possible.
If you are in crisis, you will be assessed as soon as possible, and you do not have to wait for drop-in hours. Counseling Services defines a crisis as thoughts of killing yourself, thoughts of hurting others, hearing or seeing things that others do not, a recent physical attack, a recent sexual assault or a recent death of someone you were close to.
Each academic year, regardless if you have been seen in the counseling center previously, you will participate in a brief initial consultation to quickly highlight your current concerns and needs. This consultation might be with an intern or a therapist you have not seen before.
During this initial consultation appointment, you will:
- learn about or review confidentiality
- learn about our new appointment structure and Stepped Model of care
- answer screening questions
- very briefly highlight concerns that have prompted you to seek counseling (The entire assessment will last no longer than 30 minutes.)
- receive recommendations for services that best fit your current needs
If both you and the assessor feel our services are a good fit for you, the assessor will schedule a next step for you. This next step might be an educational group, a support group, or an intake appointment with one of our therapists or intern.
Stepped Model of Care
Campbell University Counseling Services follows a Stepped Model of Care. The guiding principle of Stepped Care is to provide services for students with the least restrictive means. Research proves this is not only best practice, but provides the best care for college students. All students meet initially with a therapist or an intern for a brief screening in order to determine which counseling resources are the best fit for their presenting concerns. This model of care incorporates a variety of services including educational groups, support groups, therapy groups, individual therapy, connection with campus resources, and referrals to community resources.
A confidential consultation with a therapist takes place in the counseling center. During this consultation, students will learn about or review confidentiality, learn about appointment structure and model of care, answer questions related to experiences, struggles, and concerns that brought you to the counseling center, receive recommendations for treatment options, and ask any questions. Therapeutic Consultations occur throughout the day and does not have to be a scheduled appointment. To avoid a wait time, please schedule an appointment; otherwise, we will work you in as soon as possible unless a student presents in crisis. Counseling Services defines a crisis as hearing or seeing things that others do not, suicidal thoughts or hurting others, a recent physical assault, a recent sexual assault or a passing of a recent passing of a significant person.
Foundations is an introductory psychoeducational group for students typically initiating services for the first time. This group is skills-based in nature and a place for students to learn about mental health concerns and understand the importance of adequate coping skills and emotional regulation.