Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is provided by licensed psychologists, licensed professional counselors or advanced unlicensed trainees under the close supervision of our licensed staff. 

On this page, we provide information to help you decide if you would benefit from counseling and to provide information about how to make an appointment. Specifically, on this page, we provide information about: 

Common Issues Discussed in Counseling
How do I know if I should seek counseling?
Making an Appointment

If you are seeking counseling for an urgent situation that you believe requires immediate attention, please go  here.  

Common Issues Discussed in Counseling

The reasons students seek services vary, ranging from day-to-day concerns to depression, eating disorders, substance use/abuse, and anxiety. Below is a list of specific concerns that students often experience:

  • Loneliness/Isolation
  • Anxiety/Persistent Worry/Panic Attacks
  • Family Issues
  • Academic Performance
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Learning Disorders
  • Relationships/Intimacy Issues
  • Depression/Apathy
  • Feeling overwhelmed and stressed
  • Anger
  • Self-esteem
  • Alcohol/Substance Use/Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings
  • Life transition
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Identity concerns/confusion
  • Sexual assault/Rape
  • Grief/Loss
  • Trauma/Abuse

How do I know if I should seek counseling?

Maybe you are wondering, "Is this problem significant enough to get help?" You do not need to have a serious problem in order to seek services. For instance, you may simply want to strengthen your skills for handling stress or talk over a dilemma or question.Here are some tips to help you decide whether to make an appointment with one our therapists:

It is a good idea to seek services if:

  • you are feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, angry or otherwise distressed and those feelings are interfering with your ability to focus on school 
  • you are thinking of suicide or of hurting someone else 
  • you feel sad or hopeless frequently, or for many days in a row 
  • you feel your alcohol or drug use is more than you would like or is interfering with school, your relationships or making plans for your future 
  • thinking about eating, not eating, or becoming or staying thin absorbs a great deal of your time 
  • you are having trouble making friends or fitting in; or being in social settings makes you nervous 
  • you have been taking a medication for a psychological condition such as depression, but it is either not working, giving you a problem or you are thinking of not taking it 
  • you have recently experienced a loss, i.e., a death of a family member or close friend or a significant break-up

 

Making an Appointment

Call the Counseling Center at 909-748-8108 or come in person (Student Development Center, Lower Level Armacost Library) to make an initial appointment. The administrative assistant will help you find the first available appointment. She will not ask the details of your situation or your reason for seeking counseling. She will ask for your student ID number, date of birth, and telephone number. If you believe your situation requires immediate attention, let our administrative assistant know that you believe you need an urgent appointment. Find more details about urgent situations here. 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in order to complete your initial appointment paperwork, including a short computer questionnaire. These forms are important as they provide information to the therapist so that the focus of your first appointment can be on clarifying your concerns, needs, and goals for therapy. 

The initial appointment is often an information gathering appointment rather than a therapy session. The appointment is about 45 minutes and you will meet with one of our clinicians, i.e., a licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or an advancedand your therapist will ask many questions to gather the information to determine how best to help you. Once you have begun ongoing therapy, if that is what you decide to do, the sessions will be less focused on information gathering. Based on your discussion, your therapist will talk with your about options best suited for you. Options include being seen by the therapist for short term individual therapy, participating in one of the Counseling Center's groups, or being referred to a provider outside the Counseling Center to better meet your needs. The therapist may also identify additional resources on campus or off campus to help you. Finally, your therapist may suggest a consultation with a psychiatrist and will discuss how to set that up. This is especially true if you are already taking psychiatric medication and seem to be having an issue with the medication, i.e., it no longer feels as though it is effective or the side effects have interfered with your functioning. 

Following your initial appointment, you may decide to take no further action. You are not obligated to start therapy after attending an initial appointment. It is also possible that you will resolve your concerns to your satisfaction in this first visit so no further action is required.