Common Reasons for Visiting Counseling Services:
Depression or Anxiety
These are the two most common general issues our clients present. Mood problems can seriously interfere with sleep, interpersonal relationships, physical health and well-being, concentration, and academic motivation. Counseling can help identify, clarify, and often even simplify problematic thoughts and feelings. When needed, we can also refer you to a psychiatrist here on campus for additional treatment with medication.
It's often helpful to have an outside perspective or help in developing communication skills and strategies for relationships. When a break-up happens, sometimes it's just nice to have an empathetic listener.
Social Isolation / Shyness
It can be hard to know where to turn when you feel really alone. For some of us, it is especially hard to make new connections and develop close friendships. If this is true for you, remember this is why we are here and we can help.
Life Transition Challenges
Change almost always creates some stress. It can feel overwhelming. We can help you find ways to organize and manage thoughts, feelings, activities, and time.
Eating Disorders / Body Image Issues
We offer individual assessment, counseling, and referral, along with a therapy group, for these issues, and we work collaboratively with the Student Health Center.
Actually, the problem is usually lack of motivation. When it happens, the reasons can be complex and it is hard to just "snap out of it". Counseling can help you identify the underlying reasons for feeling unmotivated and really help you learn how to bring out your best work.
Especially when academic problems are unexpected, it may be hard to know where to go for help. Counseling Services can be a good place to clarify just what the problem is, and then get direction about specific academic support resources on campus.