Our mission

The mission of Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to University of Nevada, Reno students to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development. Counseling Services also develops and offers prevention and consultation services to assist the university community in maintaining a safe and supportive educational environment.

Our commitment to supporting our campus community

Given the current climate in the world, we are living in unprecedented times. The dynamic cultural, environmental, and political climate in concert with a global pandemic may result in added stress for those in our campus community.

For students, attempting to balance academic, work, and home responsibilities against this backdrop may be especially challenging and result in considerable psychological distress. During these times, you may experience fear, sadness, shame, anger, confusion, and a sense of loss. We recognize that even if we have not been directly affected by the current climate, we may have friends, family, or colleagues who have been.

We want you to know that we are here to listen to the many possible reactions you may have. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students and offer various services aimed at reducing distress so that students can grow personally and professionally.

Our services and staff

Counseling Services provides education and training in multicultural competence and humility to practicum students, doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and our professional staff. Counseling Services also provides services and training opportunities that encourage and educate the university community on the importance and value of multiculturalism and diversity in mental health and psychological practice. In addition to addressing the psychological needs of our student clients, Counseling Services also serves the university community, including the following ways:

  • Providing consultation to university community members on mental health issues and concerns
  • Facilitating supportive outreach/debriefing to the university community following tragic or critical incidents involving students or staff
  • Providing prevention and health-awareness programming to improve academic performance and enhance the overall campus milieu
  • Conducting training on mental health matters and concerns to a variety of university departments and paraprofessionals
  • Providing training and supervision in psychological services to qualified pre-professional university students and post-doctoral residents, increasing the reach of our services and well as educational opportunities for students

Goals of our services

Counseling Services operates within a short-term or intermittent model of individual treatment, in order to maximize our resources in meeting student counseling needs. The primary goal is to improve students' resilience to distress and their repertoire of coping strategies as they navigate through their university experience, empowering them to overcome barriers to their success.

After an initial appointment with a counselor, a treatment plan is created, outlining a plan for the type of counseling, approximate number of sessions, and any referrals to be made. The history and complexity of the presenting issues, as well as the short and long-term goals of counseling, are primary considerations in creating the treatment plan. In many cases, individual sessions are one part of a larger plan that may include group counseling, skills training, psychological assessment and/or referrals within the University or the community.

Dedicated to diversity and culture

The University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services acknowledges, accepts, and embraces diversity in its multiple forms, including but not limited to ability, age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender identity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race and religion. We are committed to providing a safe, affirming, accepting, and empowering environment in our relationships amongst our staff and trainees as well as our clients, the university and the community as a whole.