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Is Counseling For Me?

Common Reasons Students Seek Counseling

These are among the most exciting years of your life. They can also be some of the most stressful and challenging. It would be a rare student who did not find at some point in their college careers they were overwhelmed with some aspect of the hectic college environment. No doubt, you have worked though many of these problems yourself, or with the help of a friend or family member. But what if that isn't working? What if you don't feel you have anyone you feel comfortable talking to? What if your studies, sleep habits, or your mood is being affected by whatever is bothering you? What if you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness, loneliness, or depression that you just can't shake? It is during these times that you may feel it would be helpful to talk with a trained, objective professional.

The reasons students seek counseling are as varied as the individuals seeking services. You may find you need guidance working through a common problem such as dealing with your significant other, adjusting to college life, or dealing with a trauma such as a death in the family. Perhaps you feel that there is an issue in your life that is impeding your academic performance. We are also here to provide services if you are facing a more serious concern such as depression, chemical dependency issues, eating disorders or other mental health issues.

Issues addressed in counseling may include:

Adjusting to College Life

  • being away from home
  • learning to manage new responsibilities
  • difficulty meeting class requirements because of life events or emotional issues

Dealing with a Crisis or Trauma

  • death or major illness of a family member or close friend
  • loss of a significant relationship
  • assault
  • abuse (sexual, emotional or physical)
  • personal illness

Coping with Emotional or Mental Health Issues

  • depression
  • feelings of anxiety, grief or anger
  • homesickness or loneliness
  • suicidal thoughts or feelings

Overcoming Chemical Dependency or Eating Disorders

  • over use or abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling, or Internet
  • food related concerns
  • body image issues

Sorting Out Relationship, Communication or Social Difficulties

  • dating and intimate relationships
  • family conflicts
  • roommate issues
  • peer pressure
  • sexual and/or gender concerns
  • social or group anxiety

Managing Life Issues

  • financial pressures
  • stress
  • decision making
  • defining your values
  • goal setting
  • making healthy choices

Making the decision to seek counseling is often your first step in taking control of your situation. These years provide an unparalleled opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and to work on skills for coping with the challenges that life may present to you in the future. As you pursue your academic and intellectual development, we invite you to embrace this opportunity for self-development and personal growth.

 

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