University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services
is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.
Initial Consultation (IC)
Counseling is an individualized process.
Each of our clients has an initial consultation session, where presenting issues are evaluated and treatment goals and options are discussed.
This session is often sufficient in meeting the client's needs. If additional services are needed, treatment goals and options may include some of the following:
We offer short-term individual counseling with an emphasis on improving daily functioning and academic success. Our services cannot realistically meet the psychological needs of every individual. In such situations, we will discuss referral options with the client.
All of our licensed clinicians and trainees are "generalists", and work with clients presenting a large range of concerns. However, we do have clinicians with specialized training and experience, which allows us to provide services tailored for specific diagnoses, such as eating disorders. We also have more intentionally- focused outreach and service options for groups such as student military veterans , international students, student athletes , LGBT students, and students from diverse ethnic, socio-economic, or cultural backgrounds.
Counseling in a group setting is an effective treatment for many issues. Group counseling offers an opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a real, but safe, interpersonal setting, as well as to receive and give support to others.
If students have urgent psychological concerns, they have an opportunity to meet with a clinician during our Urgent Care hours on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The hours for this service vary. Please contact Counseling Services at (775) 784-4648 for information.
Due to the nature of this service, students may experience a wait time to see a counselor.
Faculty and staff may also consider contacting the Student Intervention Team for help with specific concerns about individual students.
Counseling Services may administer a variety of tests and assessments as a part of psychological treatment. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) evaluations are also offered.
Given the high demand for ADHD assessment, it is common for students to wait several weeks before getting an appointment. In addition, the assessment process typically takes several weeks to complete. Students seeking ADHD assessment can obtain pre-assessment screening forms from the Counseling Services front desk. Please note that there is a $100 fee for this evaluation.
Click the link to see available community resources that conduct ADHD evaluations. Often, health insurance will cover some or all of the cost.
Counseling Services offers national and regional standardized tests, such as the LSAT, the MAT, and the PRAXIS.
No one can be all things to all people. In some situations, our best service may include a referral to other services, both on campus and in the local community.