While college can be a wonderful time in your life, it also can be stressful. There are a lot of changes and adjustments to make which can be difficult. If you feel overwhelmed and want to talk about some of the stresses or problems you are experiencing while at the University, Counseling Services is here to help you. Our services are free and confidential.
Some of the most common questions we receive from students are below. When you're ready to make an appointment, please fill out our Client Information Form and bring it in to your first meeting.
What Is Counseling?
Counseling typically involves meeting with a clinician on a one-on-one basis. During counseling, you will work together with your clinician to address problems in your life by setting goals and making positive changes. In addition to individual therapy, counseling can also involve couples and groups when it is helpful.
How Do I Make An Appointment?
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Counseling Services is closed during certain school holidays and during the summer.
To make an appointment, you can call 203-576-4454, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to the 2nd floor of Carstensen Hall to schedule an appointment with the office manager. Before arriving for appointment, please download and complete intake form which is located on this page. Students will be required to complete an intake form prior to initial appointment. Once the intake form is completed by student it can be given to the Office Manager on the day of initial appointment. The intake form will provide counselor with contact information, identified issues of concern and information about our privacy practices. Following an intake process to understand and assess your needs, you will be referred for individual counseling, group counseling, a psychological evaluation, or other appropriate services.
What Should I Expect?
Your first scheduled appointment at Counseling Services will be an initial consultation. During your intake appointment, you will meet with a Counseling Services clinician, or intern to discuss your reasons for coming to counseling. You and the clinician will begin developing and implementing a plan for your care. Sometimes students require services that Counseling Services does not offer. If this is the case, you will be provided with referrals to community services that will better meet your needs.
How Much Does It Cost?
Services are available to undergraduate and graduate students at no cost.
Are Therapy Sessions Confidential?
Counseling Services adheres to professional ethical standards and all state and federal laws regarding confidentiality. This means that once you have contacted our office, Counseling Services is not permitted to disclose any information, including the fact that you are coming to counseling, without your written consent. Records at Counseling Services are kept confidential and are not part of your academic or medical record. The primary exception to this rule is if you are in danger of causing harm to yourself or someone else. Additionally, there are special considerations for students who are 17 years of age or younger.