Make an Appointment
To begin counseling, contact the Counseling Center via phone or by visiting the office in-person. The Counseling Center strives to assist students in a timely fashion so appointments are highly suggested. Crisis support is available 24/7 either by walking in during office hours or calling the on-call counselor after hours.
Note: Office appointments should be requested/made during office hours. The on-call counselor service is for mental health emergencies only; calling the on-call counselor is not a proper channel for requesting an appointment.
Scheduling Your First Appointment
Students who are interested in setting up an appointment must personally call or come to the Counseling Center during regular office hours. This promotes the student's autonomy and investment in their counseling experience. Scheduling by a third-party is strongly discouraged; however, you show support by accompanying someone to the Counseling Center if they wish.
Students who are new to the Counseling Center, or who have not attended counseling within the last year, will have an Initial Screening appointment. The Initial Screening appointment is a 30-minute appointment with the screening counselor. This appointment will allow for brief information-gathering in order to determine the best-recommended care for the individual student. The counselor who conducts this appointment may not necessarily become the student’s primary counselor. Many students will be referred to one of our counseling groups.
Initial Screening Appointment Times
Appointments are highly suggested; however, you may walk-in during these times to see if an Initial Screening appointment slot is available.
|Day of Week:||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|A.M. Time 1:||10-10:30 a.m.||10-10:30 a.m.||10-10:30 a.m.||11-11:30 a.m.||10-10:30 a.m.|
|A.M. Time 2:||10:30-11 a.m.||10:30-11 a.m.||10:30-11 a.m.||11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.||10:30-11 a.m.|
|P.M.Time 1:||3-3:30 p.m.||3-3:30 p.m.||3-3:30 p.m.||3-3:30 p.m.||3-3:30 p.m.|
|P.M. Time 2:||3:30-4 p.m.||3:30-4 p.m.||3:30-4 p.m.||3:30-4 p.m.||3:30-4 p.m.|
Note: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment start time to complete electronic paperwork.
Ongoing Counseling Appointments
Ongoing individual counseling is approximately 45-50 minutes in length. An appropriate frequency of scheduled appointments will be discussed and determined by the counselor and client. The number of counseling appointments (or length of treatment) will be consistent with the client’s concerns, interventions used, and course of treatment. You and your counselor will regularly discuss your counseling progress and your readiness to complete your counseling experience
Please note that due to a higher volume of appointments during peak times (beginning and end of the semester, and mid-terms), appointment availability may be limited. Please communicate with your counselor regarding any concerns you have about your appointments during peak times.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your first scheduled appointment, and five minutes prior to your ongoing scheduled appointments to complete paperwork. Doing so will ensure you are seen on time.
In order to be respectful of your counselor’s time, please call the Counseling Center if you are going to be more than 5 minutes late. Your session will still end at the scheduled time. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for their session may be asked to reschedule their appointment to another date and time.
If you will be unable to attend your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule your appointment 24 hours in advance, or as early as possible. Appointments are in high demand and your consideration of calling early will give another student the possibility to be seen in a timely manner.
If you are sick, we encourage you to tend to your physical wellness, as well as respect your counselor’s health and the health of others who access our services and reschedule your appointment.
No Excuse Policy
The Counseling Center discourages student clients from missing any classes or required activities in order to attend a counseling session. The Counseling Center does not provide excuses for student clients who miss class(es) due to mental health issues/concerns. Student clients who miss class due to mental health concerns or crisis are encouraged to consult their syllabus and notify their faculty if they will/will not be able to attend class. The Counseling Center staff may, in certain instances, provide a letter confirming attendance for a counseling session, but it is at the discretion of the faculty to determine when or if a student will be excused from class.