Mental Health Services
What is Counseling?
Welcome to our Wellness Center's counseling office. Our goal is to help you achieve balance in your approach to the world - to help you find meaning in your life. If you are in physical, emotional, or even spiritual pain, our center is a place where you can discuss the process of healing. If your journey is from health to greater well-being, our offices can support you in this quest.
Counseling is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the counselor and the student, and the particular problems you bring to the session. There are many different approaches that counselors may use.
The counseling process carries with it both risks and benefits. Since counseling may involve discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety, or doubt. And yet even though there are no "guarantees," by talking about issues that matter in your life, the process often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
At the Wellness Center, we consider the first counseling session to be a "consultation." During this time, you and the counselor you meet with will both decide whether or not to continue the counseling process together. If we decide to schedule additional sessions, we will usually arrange these on a week-to-week basis. Generally, students have from one to a maximum of six visits in any given semester.
Mental Health Resources
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is a program of the Jed Foundation.
The Virtual Pamphlet Collection
This site offers a very extensive list of mental health links from the counseling center at the University of Chicago. It includes topics such as anger, assertiveness, depression, stress, sexual assault, time management, disabilities, eating disorders, dysfunctional families, suicide, relationships, self-confidence, etc.