University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services
is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.
Counseling is an individualized process. Each of our clients has an intake session, during which issues are evaluated and treatment goals and options are discussed. The client may be assigned to a different counselor or referred to a therapy group. We focus primarily on short-term counseling (3-6 sessions), 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.
One of our most valued services to the university community is consultation. Students call to learn how to help a friend in need. Faculty and staff call to discuss how to assist distressed or distressing students. Faculty and staff may also consider contacting members of the Student Intervention Team (link) for help with specific concerns about individual students.
Counseling Services offers national and regional standardized tests, such as the LSAT, the MAT, and the PRAXIS.
Our clinicians may administer psychological assessments as a part of treatment. In addition, students who have been previously screened for possible Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) may be referred by staff at either the Disability Resource Center or the Student Health Center, for more complete AD/HD assessment here at Counseling Services.
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.