Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between meeting with a counselor and talking with a friend?

Sometimes talking with a friend or family member is not enough. Our counselors are trained mental health professionals with years of experience working with college students with learning differences and mental health concerns. We are personally, professionally, and legally committed to your right to privacy. Within the limits of the law, what you discuss with your counselor will remain confidential inside Counseling Services. More about confidentiality



What can I expect from counseling?

In the first few sessions you can share your concerns, offer relevant history, and set some counseling goals for yourself. Each counseling experience is unique and depends on your readiness and ability to commit yourself to the goals you set for yourself. The process will help you learn new ways to manage feelings and situations, and gain understanding of yourself and others.

In some situations, a counselor might recommend that you participate in one of our groups or seek more intensive care with an off-campus provider.



How can I get the most out of Counseling?

  • Focus your attention on what is most important to you
  • Express your thoughts and feelings
  • Engage in the process; make counseling appointments a priority
  • Be patient with yourself; change takes time
  • Be open and honest within the counseling relationship


How often can I see my a counselor?

Students are generally seen for 45 minutes on a weekly basis.



 

How do I make my first appointment?

Call or stop by Counseling Services: 802.387.1636, 2nd floor of the Strauch Family Student Center. Our Office Coordinator, Cindy Brown, or one of the counselors will help you fill out a blue counseling request form, and within 48 hours you will receive an email from a counselor with an appointment time. We make every effort to schedule appointments when students are not in class.



Can my therapist at home talk with my counselor? 

Counselors often consult with counselors or therapists at home with the consent of the student. 



Will the counseling staff inform my family, advisor or teachers whether or not I come to counseling?

Only with a signed consent from you.


 

How confidential is counseling? 

See confidentiality