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Individual counseling at the CC is short-term. It is typically goal-oriented and focused on a specific concern. Clients referred to individual counseling meet with their clinician for approximately 3-6 sessions, depending on treatment needs and availability.

What is counseling?

Counseling is a collaborative effort between a clinician and a client. What it looks like often depends on those involved as well as the type of presenting concern. However, there are some common goals of brief counseling; making positive changes, exploring a painful experience, learning new skills and strategies, breaking an unhealthy pattern, accepting and/or reducing distress, etc. All CC clinicians are committed to helping their clients make positive changes and improve the quality of their lives. There are no guarantees that counseling will work for you. However, our most recent student feedback suggests that the majority of our clients have found CC services helpful. Counseling at the CC is free, voluntary, and confidential. Counseling sessions are typically 30-50 minutes long and happen once a week to once a month, depending on availability. 

Do I need counseling?

It depends. Not everyone who is upset needs counseling. Sometimes feeling bad is a normal reaction to painful events, unhealthy relationships, or significant changes. However, just because it is a normal reaction doesn't mean you should go through it alone. Also, if you've dealt with something long enough, it can become "normal" and easy to talk yourself out of doing something new. Some people are so embarrassed about what they feel or believe they never share it with anyone, even though it might be a common experience. Here are some things to consider as you decide if counseling is right for you. 

  • Take our free, online assessment. It will highlight some potential areas of concern. Once you have that information you can decide what might be a good next step.
  • Individual counseling might not be the best treatment option. For symptoms that are relatively recent and where you are able to function in most areas of your life, you may want to start out with a CC workshop or visit our Self-Help section. Both provide accurate information and recommendations about how to make positive changes.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms that are negatively impacting the quality of your life and ability to function, you may want to consider one of our 5-week specialized treatment programs. We offer them on anxiety, panic, worry, self-care, and social anxiety. It is the same strategies you would receive from a clinician but offered in a condensed, classroom style format. These are great for students who want strategies to feel better fast.
  • If you are motivated to address your presenting concerns, have specific goals, and are willing to discuss them with a clinician, you may consider individual counseling. Your issue may be appropriate for our short-term treatment model. However, since we cannot provide every service to meet student needs, there are times we have to provide referrals for longer-term or specialized treatment. 
  • There are some concerns that are better addressed by a CC group. If you are dealing with relationship issues or concerns around interpersonal dynamics, group counseling is the best treatment option. There are also specialized groups for other issues that are effectively addressed in a group format (grief, eating disorders, family issues, etc.).       
Visit our Make an Appointment page for initial appointment information.