Scope of Practice

The Scope of Our Clinical Services

The Counseling Center invites students to make an initial triage appointment with one of our counselors to discuss their concerns. This conversation between the counselor and the student generally involves a discussion of the student’s current difficulties, a review of treatment options, and recommendations to assist the student in obtaining the appropriate services. Recommendations may include receiving services at the Counseling Center (individual or group therapy) and/or connection to other campus resources.

Services within the Counseling Center

In order to meet significant student demand and use its resources most effectively, the Counseling Center utilizes a short-term therapy model. Working together, the therapist and student determine the number and type of sessions that are needed for the student based on the nature of the student’s concerns and available resources. In addition to being the best treatment option for many presenting problems, group therapy may allow a student to receive more long-term services than would be available through individual therapy.

Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the Counseling Center are:

  • Personal Concerns: Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, grief
  • Relationship Concerns: Romantic relationship difficulties, roommate problems, family problems
  • Developmental Concerns: Identity (e.g., personal, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual identity), adjustment to college, life transitions
  • Substance Use:  Concerns related to alcohol or other drug use/abuse
  • Academic Concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, academic difficulties
  • Other Concerns: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, concerns from childhood or adolescence, body image, food preoccupation, disordered eating, healthy lifestyle choices