Why Seek Counseling?
Everyone experiences problems, and we often encounter situations where our usual way of handling them no longer works. Students sometimes reach a point where they feel unable to find solutions on their own. Being upset and experiencing painful feelings are normal reactions to intense or stressful events, they are also a part of a student's personal and social development. Very often students need a place to safely vent frustrations, talk about their concerns, and seek guidance for their continued well-being and emotional growth. Counseling provides this type of safe place.
Counseling services wants to help students achieve their highest potential, to maintain emotional stability and to accelerate learning opportunities. Counseling services serves as a support resource for the personal growth and life skills development of students. Choices and adjustments made by students play important roles in the meaningful development of the whole person. These decisions provide opportunities for expressing one's values, abilities, interests and personality.
Counseling helps students:
- Develop effective decision-making and problem-solving skills.
- Learn about patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that contribute to emotional and psychological distress.
- Learn ways to effectively manage the challenges of daily life.
- Prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
Common concerns for university students include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Decision-making dilemmas
- Difficulty getting along with others
- Feelings of depression and anxiety
- Food and body image issues
- Grief and loss
- Low self-confidence
- Self-defeating behaviors
- Sexual identity concerns
- Stress reduction and time management
- Test-taking anxiety