Your first contact with the Center will typically be a screening interview (assessment) in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs. During the initial assessment, it will be determined if your needs are best met by the Center’s services or are beyond the scope of CCSD services. If it appears that you would best be served by off-campus services, we will assist you in locating a more suitable resource. If your counselor recommends counseling at the Center, you will be assigned to a staff member and contacted to schedule an appointment. Your regular counselor may or may not be the same person you saw for the intake interview. Counseling sessions are typically scheduled weekly and last 45-50 minutes.
Individual counseling helps you to clarify your concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to most effectively cope and/or resolve problems. During your first meetings, a counselor will be attempting to gain an understanding of you and your concerns. Then, together, you will set goals for what you would like to accomplish. As counseling progresses, your goals evolve or change.
Individual counseling works best when you (a) have some idea of what you would like to talk about; (b) feel motivated to do so; and (c) feel comfortable enough with your counselor to address your concerns. For those reasons, it is often helpful to think about what you would like to discuss during a counseling session and to spend time between sessions reflecting on your feelings and behaviors. Additionally, be sure to raise with your counselor any feelings or concerns germane to the counseling process.
Not all concerns are best addressed in individual counseling. If you are struggling with a relationship based concern, group counseling is highly recommended.
Due to a high demand for services, and to ensure that the most number of students receive services, the Center sets a limit on the total number of individual counseling appointments students may receive. Please discuss the specifics of this with your counselor.