Feeling apprehensive about counseling? What will the counselor be like? Can counseling even help me?
The frequently answered questions below highlight counseling’s benefits and create a guideline for taking advantage of the experience.
These are some of the signs or issues that prompt people to seek counseling:
- Stress or anxiety
- Academic motivation
- Career choice confusion
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Family relationship conflicts
- Financial stress
- Grief/loss issues
- Intimacy, commitment or relationship issues
- Identity concerns (e.g., ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation, spiritual identity)
- Thoughts and feelings about suicide or self-harm
- Anger or thoughts of violence
Typically, people struggle with these kinds of issues internally, mulling them over in their minds trying to sort out possible solutions to their dilemmas. They may talk things over with family members and friends, but sometimes that may not feel like it’s enough.
What Can I Expect from Counseling?
What happens in counseling depends on the unique needs and strengths of each person seeking assistance. For this reason, each counseling experience is unique, just as every individual is unique.
Typically, the first few sessions are spent clarifying the problem and examining what solutions have already been tried. This process assists the counselor in determining which counseling strategies will be most helpful to you. Once your issues are clarified, you and the counselor will delineate counseling goals.
There are many approaches to dealing with these issues. Often, the process will include learning new problem solving or coping skills, increasing self-understanding, exploring life patterns and gaining a better sense of how you are influenced by your surroundings.
How Can I Get the Most Out of Counseling?
- Attempt to clarify your goals and/or what you hope to get out of the experience.
- Consider how you feel about the counseling relationship.
- Be an active participant.
- Focus on what is most important to you.
- Recognize and express feelings.
- Be patient with yourself.
- Ask questions.
How Do I Begin the Process?
Step 1: Contact
- Call (432) 837-8203 or stop by the Counseling Center in Ferguson Hall 112 to arrange an initial intake appointment with a counselor. Office hours are 8-12 and 1-5 (Monday through Friday).
Step 2: Arrival
- Please arrive on time or a few minutes early for your appointment.
- Check in with your student ID number at the front desk.
- Feel free to take advantage of our waiting room (free Keurig coffee).
Step 3: Meet
- During the initial screening, a counselor will:
- Review your situation and needs
- Answer any questions you may have
- Help you determine next step
- Your counselor may take advantage of many options for counseling including:
- Individual or group counseling in our office.
- Counseling in the community.
- Health, medical and psychiatric referrals.
- Referrals to other campus resources.
- Referrals to off campus resources.
Step 4: Connect
- Counselors work with the students, staff and faculty at Sul Ross State University who are experiencing a wide variety of personal, psychological and academic challenges.
- The Counseling Center will schedule sessions to fit individual needs.