About Counseling Services
Counseling Services will provide quality mental health service to enhance the overall mental health of Winthrop University students along cognitive, emotional, personal, and interpersonal dimensions.
After Hour Emergencies
In emergencies, every effort is made to see students immediately. After hours and on weekends, students in need of immediate assistance should contact their RA or RD, Campus Police (803/323-3333), or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital (pdf - 239.47 KB).
The information a student shares with a counselor is not provided to anyone without the student's written consent. Legal limitations are placed on the student's right to confidentiality if a counselor suspects there is clear and imminent danger to the student or to others, in cases of current child abuse or neglect, or if ordered by a court of law to testify or provide counseling records. Please see the complete confidentiality policy for further information.
The goal of Winthrop University Counseling Services is to assist students to resolve mental health and development issues that interfere in their personal, interpersonal, and academic lives. Students typically set up an appointment to meet with a counselor one on one. At the initial session, or "Intake," the counselor and the student will explore the presenting problem, contributory factors, and an appropriate plan for intervention. After the Intake, a student and his or her counselor will work together to choose the next best step. The student may continue with individual, couples, or group counseling at Counseling Services; or the counselor may refer the student to a resource in the community for long-term counseling, psychiatric evaluation, or other necessary services. Individual and Couples counseling through Counseling Services is short term (up to 8-12 sessions) and solution focused, while a student may make unlimited use of group counseling.
Scope of Practice
Students at Winthrop University may face problems of living that interfere with academic, social, and emotional adjustment. Counseling Services staff will treat these students based on a time-limited counseling and skill enhancement approach. The practical goal of time-limited counseling in a university counseling center is to reduce the amount of time clients must wait to see a counselor, to facilitate a timely return to adequate functioning, and to refer as many long-term issues to outside resources as possible.
It is beyond Counseling Services’ scope of practice to provide ongoing counseling and psychotherapy for students whose needs cannot be accommodated within such a model (such as serious, long-term psychiatric conditions, and individuals who appear to be a recurring high risk to themselves or to the Winthrop community). These students are referred into the community as are those whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not found in Counseling Services.
Counseling Services does not provide treatment services for alcohol or drug use/abuse. Counselors will meet with students seeking such treatment for a brief time to provide support, assess the students’ needs, and assist them with referrals to off-campus resources. Additionally, Counseling Services does not provide counseling that is mandated as a condition of Pre-Trial Intervention.
Evaluation of Our Services
We send an evaluation form to every student who has used our services and agreed to participate in our survey. Your anonymous feedback about the quality of the services you received is highly informative and appreciated. We hope that you will participate and that when you receive this invitation you will take a few minutes to complete it.
During our regular business hours, we encourage any student who considers him or herself to be in a state of emotional crisis or emergency to walk in to Counseling Services. Counselors will meet with that student in a timely manner following his or her arrival. Concerned Faculty or Staff members should feel free to accompany a distressed student to Counseling Services. After our regular business hours, students in crisis should contact their residence life staff, campus police, or the local emergency room.
Faculty/Staff and Parent Consultation
If you are concerned about one of your students, or if you simply have a question or a comment, please call us. Counselors welcome the opportunity to consult with concerned faculty, staff, friends, and parents in person or by phone.
How to Make an Appointment
Appointments may be made in person (217 Crawford Building) or by phone (803/323-2206) during hours of operation. Making appointments for someone other than yourself is generally discouraged. If you have any questions about making an appointment, please call or drop by and speak with our front desk staff.
Students are encouraged to call for their own appointments. They may take the first available appointment or they may choose to wait a bit longer for an appointment with a particular counselor. Counseling Services makes reasonable efforts to see students within 10 working days of calling for an appointment.
Each working day, counselors set aside times for urgent need and same day appointments. These appointments last about 25 minutes, and their primary purpose is to respond to a student's pressing need or immediate emotional difficulty.
Location and Hours of Operation
Counseling Services is located on the second floor of the Crawford Building. During the fall and spring semesters, Counseling Services is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM and Fridays, 9:30 AM-5:00 PM, unless the University is closed. You may also want to check our Summer schedule.
Concerns with adjustment to college life, stress, self-acceptance, relationships, depression, anxiety, and family are a part of life. At Counseling Services, students can discuss their concerns with a counselor in order to find an appropriate resolution. In addition, students may have concerns relating to their own or someone else's alcohol or drug use, eating disorder, childhood abuse, or sexual assault. Our staff can consult, assess, intervene, and support recovery from these issues and many other concerns.
Counseling Services offers a two-semester training opportunity to graduate students in Counseling Masters and Doctoral programs. Interns have the opportunity to offer individual, group, and couples counseling as well as psycho-educational programming to the college campus, all under direct supervision by Counseling Services staff. Read more about the Counseling Services Internship Program.