Winthrop University: Getting Started with Counseling

Counseling Services

Getting Started with Counseling


Why Seek Counseling?

Making an Appointment for the First Time

The first time a student meets with a counselor is called an Intake session.  At this initial session the counselor and the student will explore the presenting problem, contributing 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.

Intake appointments are usually 30 minutes, and they are offered every day on a first-come/first-serve basis.  Call first thing on the morning you want to come in - they fill up quickly!  This model helps us keep waiting time down (otherwise it could take up to 3 weeks before you could get in for a first appointment).  Call the front desk at 323-2206 or stop by the front desk in the middle of the second floor of the Crawford Building.

Meet the Counseling Staff

Many students are curious about the counselor they will meet with.  We'd like to introduce ourselves and let you know a little bit about who we are. 


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.  If a client needs his or her counselor to release protected health information, he or she may complete the Protected Health Information Disclosure Form under the guidance of his or her counselor.

Last Updated: 9/17/19