What to expect during your counseling visit

What is Counseling?

  • Counseling is a confidential discussion between a counselor and a client (student) about personal, social, emotional, and/or psychological concerns that have triggered distress or impairs your ability to function as normal.
  • Counseling can help the student to identify and change behavior or ways of thinking that have not worked well in the past.
  • Counseling aids in the healthy decision making, developing positive coping strategies, and master meaningful, self-determined goals.
  • Counseling is a working relationship between the licensed professional (unless otherwise stated) and the student.

What is informed consent?

Students seeking counseling services the Student Counseling Center will sign an electronic counseling consent form informed of the policies and procedures (e.g. session limits, cancellation and missed appointment, policy, etc.) prior to engaging in treatment. Students also will be availed of their rights and their responsibilities as recipients of our services.


Are there session limits?

There are no session limits for individual and group counseling; however, session limits (e.g., number of contacts during a week) may be placed upon a student if it is therapeutically warranted.


Am I crazy for wanting to go to counseling?

No, you are not "crazy". We all need a safe and confidential place where we can discuss matters of concern or to get things off our chest. The counseling center is the place to do that because services are confidential.


How do I obtain services?

You may begin services by calling the counseling center to arrange an appointment at 252-335-3275 or by walking in during our office hours, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Please be mindful that walk-in appointments may need to wait for an available counselor, therefore appointments are encouraged.