Individual Counseling

The Center offers short-term individual counseling to students on issues such as improving communication and problem-solving skills, coping with stress, depression, building satisfying relationships, adjusting to university life, and planning for graduate school or a career.

The CPS staff is made up of psychologists, clinical counselors, and advanced graduate students-in-training. We want you to have confidence in your counselor, so feel free to inquire about your counselor's background and training. You can be assured that our graduate students have substantial training and experience and receive weekly supervision from professional staff.

The experience of counseling or psychotherapy varies depending on the counselor, the client, and the particular concerns which the client brings. There are a number of different approaches which may be used to help with the concerns you hope to address. In general, the process involves you speaking about your issues openly and honestly, while your counselor listens to you attentively and respectfully, asks you questions, and works with you collaboratively to address your issues.  You should expect to be able to discuss with your counselor any concerns you have, whether about your problems or about the process of counseling itself. While your counselor will help you meet your goals, he or she might not tell you what to do. Rather, you will both work to energize your strengths and to help you make the best decisions and take action to improve your life. If you do not feel satisfied with the progress that you are making in counseling, or with any aspect of the counseling process, share your concerns with your counselor. She or he needs to know your concerns in order to be helpful to you.

The process of counseling often takes time, and it is rare for people to feel that their problems are solved in one or two sessions. However, after one or two sessions, your counselor should be able to offer you some initial impressions of what the work will include and what methods could be used. Since counseling can involve an investment in time and energy, you should use your own judgment to assess your level of comfort working with your counselor. If you have any questions or doubts about the process, you should feel free to discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, your counselor will be glad to refer you to another counselor at the Counseling Center or off-campus. Your counselor knows that a good counseling relationship is a necessary  condition of counseling and will be supportive if a referral to another counselor would be most helpful to you.

If you are interested in individual counseling, please come to our drop-in hours, Monday thru Friday, from 9:45 am until 3:15 pm, to have an initial contact appointment with a counselor. During this brief evaluation, a counselor will discuss with you any questions you may have. You may also find it useful to read the FAQ section on this website. If you absolutely can not come during this time due to other important responsibilities, please call and discuss your concerns at 740-593-1616.

Students can utilize up to 20 sessions in one academic year. It is important to note that the number and frequency of sessions varies according to need, and involves the therapist's discretion. Students who have paid the WellBeing fee for a given quarter receive all CPS services free of charge. However, a $20.00 fee will be charged for not keeping an appointment or failing to cancel within 24 hours without a reasonable excuse. Please read Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Consumer of Counseling under Information for Students.