Individual counseling

Students requesting counseling first meet with one of our professional staff members for an initial consultation. During this appointment, the counselor will speak with the student about his or her concerns and determine what type of service will best meet the student's needs. When appropriate, counselors will refer students to other campus or community agencies.

Individual sessions meet for 45 – 50 minutes typically on a bi-weekly basis.

What is Individual Counseling?

Individual counseling intends to help students constructively address personal and/or interpersonal concerns and/or problems. It is a collaborative effort between the client and the counselor. Individual counseling focuses on the emotional, social, school, work, and physical health concerns individuals experience at different stages in their lives. A counselor can assist an individual to improve their sense of well-being, reduce feelings of distress and resolve crises.

The UCC offers a brief therapy model that aims to provide support and guidance in managing and or coping with situational problem/s (i.e. stress management, self-esteem, multicultural concerns, relationship issues or adjustment concerns). Brief therapy is typically solution focused, emphasizing the student's strengths, and helping students work actively towards well-defined goals. For issues that require long-term therapy, a referral to a community provider will be recommended.  Refer to the scope of service for more information. 

Research has shown that brief therapy is an efficient and effective approach to help individuals with many kinds of issues make considerable changes in a shorter period of time.

Note: All counseling sessions, including initial interviews, are completely confidential.