Personal Concerns

The personal concerns of students vary greatly. Here are some typical reasons that students come to the Center.

  • adjusting to college (homesickness, fitting in)
  • alcohol and substance use
  • anger
  • anxiety, tension, or irritability
  • assertiveness
  • career concerns
  • concern for a friend
  • conflicts to resolve (with roommates, friends, or family)
  • cultural issues
  • depression, moodiness, or withdrawal from others
  • difficulty making friends
  • eating disorders, body image, etc.
  • family issues
  • grief and loss
  • life decisions (pregnancy, dropping out of school)
  • loneliness
  • relationships (family, dating, friendships)
  • self-esteem, self-confidence
  • sexual assault
  • sexual orientation concerns
  • sleep
  • social anxiety
  • stress
  • study skills
  • substance use/abuse
  • time management, procrastination or lack of motivation

It may be helpful to know that by the time a class graduates from the University of Delaware, one in four of those students has been to the Center for Counseling and Student Development. It is apparent that a large number of students are availing themselves of the services at the Center.

If you or someone you know is a student struggling with concerns similar to those above, the Center may be a valuable resource to consider.

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Counseling

What is personal counseling?

Counseling can be a safe place where you can set goals, learn about yourself, and develop positive coping skills. Personal counseling can help with problems which can include (but are not limited to) adjusting to college, depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, relationship problems, identity, self-esteem, time management, body image, anger, family issues, sexual orientation, substance abuse, grief, etc. Counseling works best when you are actively involved and motivated to engage in self-exploration.

How do I know if I should talk to a counselor?

Everyone struggles with problems at some time throughout their lives; however, there are times when things feel too overwhelming to handle alone. There is no one right answer as to when you should talk to a counselor and only you will know when it is time to reach out for support. Problems will look different for each person, but if you feel that you may hurt yourself or someone else, please contact the center.

What happens after I make an appointment? What does the process look like?

When you call the Center for Counseling and Student Development, a receptionist will schedule a time for you to come in to the center for an initial consultation interview. During the 20 to 50 minute assessment interview you will discuss your concerns with a counselor and talk with the counselor about what services might best suit your needs at this time. You and the counselor will discuss whether individual counseling, group counseling, or a referral off campus is best for you. If it is decided that individual counseling at the center is the best option for you, you will then be contacted when you are assigned to a counselor.