- What is individual counseling and can it help me?
- Am I eligible for services?
- Can I trust that counseling will be confidential?
- Who would be my counselor?
- How long do I need to wait until I can see a counselor?
- How much does it cost?
- Would I be able to get a psychiatric consultation if I need one?
- What could I expect counseling to be like?
What is individual counseling and can it help me?
In individual counseling you have the full attention of one of our counselors in an one-to-one atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. Our counselors can help you in a variety of ways because they are excellent sounding-boards, compassionate listeners, and skillful experts in problems of living.
Can I trust that counseling will be confidential?
We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal/state laws require it. This means that even your attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential. The law states that there are four exceptions to this general rule: a) you may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor may reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice; b) in instances where there is imminent danger of serious harm to yourself or others, a counselor may reveal that information to prevent harm; c) in cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults, the counselor must report such abuse; and (d) where otherwise requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.
Who would be my counselor?
At your first appointment you will see a counselor for an intake interview. If individual counseling is recommended, after the intake interview, you will be assigned to one of our staff counselors. Some of our counselors are interns or doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology and work under the supervision of licensed psychologists.
How long do I need to wait until I can see a counselor?
The UCC is fully committed to schedule you with a counselor as soon as possible. However, sometimes students’ schedules have limited times available, and this can lead to short waiting periods after the initial intake interview. However, in most cases, the appointment is scheduled for the week following the intake appointment.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the first intake appointment. There is a small fee of $4.00 per session for individual counseling. At times, your counselor may recommend that you take one or more personality or vocational assessments, which are computer scored and cost $10.00 each. Students are offered unlimited credit and can defer payments. If fees still pose a problem, arrangements will be made.
Would I be able to get a psychiatric consultation if I need one?
Students who are in counseling at the UCC are eligible to consult with our consulting psychiatrist. Students who are requesting a psychiatric referral only will be provided with a referral to a community provider.
What could I expect counseling to be like?
Our counselors have different personal styles, however, we all share a compassion for your personal story and feel that the counseling relationship can make a difference in the life of a client. Come in and see. If you are committed to change you may be surprised by how much you can grow.