Student Counseling Services 

Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides short-term individual counseling to currently enrolled, full-time Wesleyan College students. Individual counseling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns on a one-to-one basis within the context of a confidential relationship. The counseling model attempts to empower you with the resources needed to make positive changes in your life. The counselor and student work together to define and discuss personal issues and reach mutually agreed upon goals.

Counseling is not a mysterious process. It is a process in which you and I work together to overcome obstacles which may be preventing you from reaching your fullest potential. Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides assistance designed to promote the academic, personal, and social growth. The college years are filled with exciting and challenging times for you. It is normal, even expected, that you will encounter difficult or stressful events. However, when you use the resources available to you, there is a much greater chance of success and overall sense of well-being.


Online Mental Health Screenings:
http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/collegeresponse
http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServerpagename=education_screeningcenter

 

24/7 Crisis Resources:
www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
www.mygcal.com
Life-Line: (478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221


Frequently Asked Questions
 

What is counseling?

Counseling is a psychotherapeutic service whereby “normal” everyday people receive help with “normal” everyday problems. The basic premise of counseling is that the person seeking help possesses within himself or herself the resources to solve the problem. By utilizing their skills and creating a special nonjudgmental atmosphere, the counselor is able to facilitate this process. Counseling is:

  • Psychoeducational. The counseling process involves learning about self, origins of maladaptive behavior, options for changing behavior, interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies and options for change.
  • Confidential. The content of counseling sessions as well as information about clients who seek counseling is kept strictly confidential. The only limits to confidentiality are an immediate and severe threat to the life of oneself or others.
  • Solution-focused. Rather than focusing on the past, counseling concentrates on present behavior and the facilitation of adaptive processes. The goals for the process are concrete and measurable.
  • Brief. Unlike psychotherapy, most counseling processes are short term.

All people face difficulties during their lives, you as a college student are no different. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. So, what are you waiting for?

Why are counselors important on college campuses?

College is a very unique time in a person’s life. Some students are very young and away from home for the first time. Other students may be going back to school with the responsibility of a family to start a new career. No matter their reason for being in college, the lessons learned and obstacles overcome during their college years can provide a wonderful opportunity for emotional growth and maturity. However, these lessons and obstacles can also result in negative consequences such as overwhelming stress, psychological problems, and academic difficulties that affect the performance of the student. Counseling services are designed to assist students with addressing the difficulties that they encounter during these years and to promote greater overall wellness within the student population.

What concerns do college students bring to counseling?

Students come to counseling with many concerns. Here are a few examples:

  • Lifestyle Adjustments: homesickness, making friends, time management/procrastination, cultural adaptation
  • Personal Identity: self-esteem/independence, decision making, anxiety/stress, questioning sexual identity
  • Relationships: parents, friends, roommates, boyfriends, girlfriends, unhealthy relationships
  • Academics: school work/grades, need to withdraw from school, performance anxiety
  • Depression: chronic depression, ups and downs, family concerns

Health and Wellness: binge drinking, body image, unhealthy eating patterns, STDs, sexual assault

What are some myths about counseling.

People cannot change.

FACT: Important changes often take time and energy in order to occur. Although many people feel some relief and improved mood after only a couple of sessions, counseling will not provide a quick fix to your problems. Counseling can help you work toward meaningful life change over the long term, in addition to helping you manage current difficulties more effectively.
 

I must have severe problems to see the counselor.

FACT: Seeing a counselor does not mean that you are mentally ill or "crazy." In addition to addressing more serious emotional problems, counseling can help with: life transitions adjusting to new surroundings difficulty juggling school, work, family, and other responsibilities academic problems, difficulty in test-taking and/or test anxiety struggles with self-esteem, communication, or assertiveness relationship problems

I am the only one who feels the way I do.

FACT: While each person presents to counseling with their own unique concerns, many of those concerns are similar to their peers.

My mental health has nothing to do with my academic performance, my relationships, social skills, and friendships.

FACT: Mental health affects all aspects of our lives and daily functioning.

Counselors “fix” problems

FACT: Counseling is not a quick cure for your problems. The counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns; to examine your options; and to assist you in achieving the goals you have set.

What services are provided through student counseling services?

Services include individual therapy, consultant and referral services, and outreach programming.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments may be made with our counselor, Myrana Craig, online.

Appointments last approximately 45 minutes. Sessions are limited to a maximum of 4-6 sessions this semester. If a longer-term therapy experience or more intensive treatment is desired or clinically-indicated, then a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made as early as possible.

In order to be fair to all students and ensure access and availability to the counselor, there will be a no show fee of $20. Students who make an appointment and do not show and do not cancel 24 hours in advance will be charged a $20 no show fee.

Confidentiality

All information within the counseling treatment is confidential. Information may only be disclosed with the student’s written permission. A student under the age of 18 must have parental consent to seek counseling services.

Confidentiality does not apply to the following situations:

  • Threat to self
  • Threat to others

Reported or suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child (under age 18), disabled adult, or the elderly

Are counseling records a part of my academic record?

No. Counseling records are separate from a student’s academic record. Counseling records are kept by the Counseling Office for a minimum of 7 years and are then destroyed.

What should I do in case of emergency?

In a life threatening emergency call 911 immediately. Then call Campus Police at (478) 960-7969 or (478) 757-5145.

For non-life threatening urgent matters during normal business hours (Monday—Friday, 8:30am—5:00pm), students may walk-in or call Student Affairs main office at (478) 757-5214. After hours and on holidays and weekends, students should call Wesleyan College Campus Police at (478) 960-7969 or (478) 757-5145.

What services are not provided through student counseling?

There are some mental health-related services that student counseling services is unable to provide (e.g., learning disability assessment, long-term psychotherapy). If one of these services is required, students will be provided assistance with the referral process. Please be aware that these services generally involve a fee. In some cases, health insurance may cover some of the costs. Referrals will be made as necessary.

 

Questions? Contact Myrana Craig at mcraig@wesleyancollege.edu

Student Counseling Services
9:00am-3:00pm / Monday – Friday
Olive Swann Porter Building
Student Affairs: (478) 757-4024 or (478) 757-5214
Fax: (478) 757-4027
 

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