Appointments to see a counselor may be made in person or by phone (302-831-2141). Your first contact with the Center will typically be a screening interview (initial consultation) in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs. Initial consultation appointments are made preferably in advance and are usually scheduled within four to six days after request to see a counselor. There are times in the year when there is a high demand for counseling by students and there may be some delay in scheduling initial consultations and counseling appointments. If you require immediate help because of psychological difficulties, you can ask to be seen on an emergency basis.
When you arrange your first appointment, you will be asked to arrive 30 minutes early to complete some forms about yourself and your concerns. When you come for the appointment, you will also receive information about our confidentiality policy. If you have any questions about these things, feel free to ask your counselor.
We utilize a short-term therapy format, an effective approach for the majority of students seeking help. It may include:
- individual counseling
- group counseling
- participation in workshops
- medical evaluation with a psychiatrist
- a referral to off-campus services
If your counselor recommends counseling at the Center, you will be informed as to how you will be contacted for subsequent appointments. If it appears that you would best be served by off-campus services, we will assist you in locating a more suitable resource.