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Counseling

It is not unusual for a student to feel they “can’t cope” with something, or to wish that they had someone to talk to. Many students experience times when they are puzzled or concerned about themselves or about situations in which they find themselves. Mental Health Services staff members are here to help students with these and other personal concerns.

You may encounter disturbing situations in which you feel you have little or no control. These might include a death, a major loss or a drastic change in life direction. At times like these, talking with a crisis counselor may help to restore some balance and to keep the matter from seriously affecting other parts of your life.

Students who come for counseling often:

  • Wonder whether they can handle what they are doing
  • Have trouble getting along with people in their family
  • Have strong feelings, such as depression or anxiety, that keep them from doing what they need to do
  • Feel isolated or alienated, wanting to belong
  • Need to learn how to do their work more effectively
  • Have trouble finding or getting along with a partner
  • Struggle with the loss of someone or something
  • Wonder where they are heading in life
  • Worry about how they eat
  • Question or need to explore their sexual or cultural identity
  • Feel stuck or split about making a decision

In individual counseling, students may work privately with a counselor for a limited number of meetings. They discuss such issues as personal feelings or relationships with others and develop new ways to understand and deal with those issues. If problems center on how couples are (or are not) getting along, couples counseling may help develop new ways of relating to each other.

Group counseling may also be appropriate. Group counseling fosters active learning by working on problems rather than just talking about them. Group work provides a safe and challenging place to work on personal and interpersonal concerns.

Making an appointment

The first mental health appointment is an “intake” appointment where you discuss your concerns with a counselor and explore options for what steps to take next. Your counselor will help you connect with ongoing support on- or off-campus.

The intake appointment must be scheduled by phone. To schedule your intake, call 314-935-6666, option 2.

After the first appointment, you can schedule your visits online or by phone at 314-935-6666, option 2.