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This is the most frequent service offered by the Counseling Center. In this therapy mode, a student works one-on-one with a counselor in an effort to define the student’s concerns and develop a strategy to address the problems. This is a collaborative effort between the counselor and student.
Sometimes concerns (e.g., recovery from addiction, coping with sexual abuse/sexual assault, resolving issues arising from being reared in a troubled family, etc.) can be addressed in a group setting. The group option is very powerful because students:
- Are able to learn from one another.
- Get support from others with similar experiences.
- Realize they are not alone.
- Get the benefit of having a trained professional to help them sort through all the feelings that accompany many personal problems.
Students frequently come to the Center because they are having difficulties with their
romantic relationships. The concerns can range from impending divorce in the case
of a troubled marriage to a newly formed couple negotiating a difficult stage in their
relationship. Whatever the relational problem, the Counseling Center is prepared to
help students deal with the issue.
Please note that these services are available to married or unmarried couples; heterosexual or same sex couples; couples in which only one partner is a student.
Concerned about a friend or significant other:
It is very scary and uncomfortable to see a friend who is in distress and is asking you for solutions that you can’t provide. We are always ready to talk to you about to people you’re concerned about. All you need to do is call us at (585) 395-2414 or come to our offices in Hazen Hall to make an appointment. We’ll sit down with you, let you express your feelings, and work out a plan of action to assist your friend. Additionally, helpful web sites and information include:
Substance Abuse Counseling
Substance use is a common experience for many college students, and, for most, occasional use does not get in the way of what they want to do. However, sometimes:
- Students find that their substance use is interfering with day-to-day activities and/or leads to negative personal or legal consequences.
- Students might come to college with a history of substance abuse and may need help maintaining their sobriety or dealing the consequences of a relapse.
- Students encounter legal troubles as a result of their substance use and need an evaluation and/or intervention as part of their court proceedings. These services are available at the cost of $75 – $100.
Our drug and alcohol specialist is available to talk with students no matter what their substance related concern may be. Students can call the Counseling Center directly (395-2414) or come to our offices in Hazen Hall to make an appointment with the substance abuse counselor.
Life sometimes hands us situations that are unexpected and/or extremely traumatic (e.g., sudden loss of a family member or romantic partner, break up of a romantic relationship, academic or career crises). The staff of the Counseling Center is ready to offer immediate assistance to students who feel that they need to talk now. All you have to do is come to the Counseling Center (Hazen Hall) or call (395-2414), let us know what you need, and we'll arrange a time to meet that day.
The treatment of certain kinds of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety) is expedited by including medication along with counseling. Because of this, the Health and Counseling Services employ a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a consulting psychiatrist to help you determine if medication is appropriate for you. Appointments with the psychiatric staff are made by referral from a Health and Counseling Services staff member.
There may be times when you as a student, faculty member, or staff member may have concerns about someone with whom you are close, is in your class, or may just be someone who is within your sphere of responsibility. We encourage you to contact us about such students, and we can:
- Discuss the nature of your concerns about the student
- Discuss options to deal with your concerns
- Facilitate a referral to the Counseling Center if indicated
Please be aware that if the student does come to the Counseling center, you can accompany the student on his or first visit if eases the referral process. It should also be noted that if the student does make a connection with us, we are bound by confidentiality guidelines not to reveal the nature of our work together. However, we always encourage students to sign a release of information so we can talk with you and/or encourage the student to share with you about what is going on in counseling.
Counselors in the center are available to students, faculty, and staff who may want the staff to do an introductory lecture about the Counseling Center and/or present on a specific issue of concern. The latter might focus on such areas as crisis management, problems in group dynamics and interpersonal communications, or other issues affecting the campus environment.