Are Services Confidential?
Information shared in counseling is regarded by law as privileged communication, and with rare exceptions it cannot be disclosed to others without your explicit permission. In other words, no one outside of Counseling Services, including faculty, parents, and administrators, has access to your records or what you discuss with your counselor. Nothing appears on your records elsewhere in the university, nor is information you disclose to a counselor disclosed to anyone unless you request and authorize it. In addition, what you talk about with your counselor will not be made a part of any of your record elsewhere in the University unless you request or authorize it.
What if I just want some information about a certain issue?
Student Services may have informational pamphlets available for students or staff/faculty to simply pick up from the office. Topics covered by these pamphlets include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, concerns about a friend, suicide, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, stress management, and more. If you want to ask a question about a particular issue, you are welcome to do that too.
What if I might need more than brief treatment?
If the things you are struggling with might be helped by longer-term counseling or some other help, Leigh Huggins will help you find a place in the community that can provide that service. Deciding what type of treatment will be the best choice for you or someone else is often a decision that requires familiarity with local mental health centers and counselors. Ms. Huggins can help you identify what type of treatment and which provider may best suit your needs so that you have some options and† so you donít feel like youíre doing it alone.
How much does counseling at OUE cost?
It doesnít cost anything! If you are referred somewhere in the community, you might have to pay a fee for the services.