What is Counseling?

Counseling is a conversational process that can be instrumental in the development of skills that help students effectively confront and cope with uncertainties and conflicts.

Counseling can take a number of forms. At the Counseling Center, individual, group, and couples counseling are offered.

Individual counseling provides an opportunity to learn to make better decisions, improve one’s relationships, and generally increase personal effectiveness. With the help of a counselor, a person can explore feelings and express them better, examine beliefs, and work toward making healthy changes.

Group counseling offers an individual a chance to understand feelings and change problem behaviors with the support of peers with similar concerns. Recent groups have focused on such topics as managing stress, coping with grief, surviving trauma, and dealing with dysfunctional families.

Couple counseling is available to partners who want to improve an intimate relationship. At least one member of the couple must be enrolled at the College. Both members usually attend the first session with a counselor.