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What do Counselors do?

What do students do?

What do i do for the first visit?    

How can counseling help?

Who knows What I talked about in counseling?

What kinds of counseling/ Programs are available?

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What do COunselors do?Center for Wellness Waiting Room

  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Clarify options
  • Ask questions
  • Provide support
  • Offer suggestions
  • Help during crisis
  • Provide referrals when necessary 


  • Describe their situation, thoughts, feelings, and experiences
  • Try new and creative options
  • Clarify options
  • Share responsibility for treatment
  • Increase helpful actions and thoughts

WHAT DO I DO FOR THE FIRST VISIT?Counseling Services Office

  • Your first appointment will be with the Student Support Assistant (SSA) to discuss what the best approach and options are with you
  • Arrive to 256 Becht and check in with the receptionist (On right after you enter the waiting room)
  • Complete paperwork that is distributed from receptionist
  • A SSA will come get you in the waiting room to walk you back to the office
  • A SSA will discuss confidentiality and its limits and explain the counselor relationship
  • The SSA will listen to your concerns. Together you will develop an individual action plan that best suits you (This may include self help, counseling meetings, referrals to health services, or community counseling centers, etc.)

How can Counseling Help?

Counseling can help with a wide array of difficulties and challenges.  These range from those that you may feel are common and simple, to difficulties that you see as unique and make you feel different than everyone else.  Sometimes you are able to work through challenges and concerns with the help of friends and family.  Other times what you have been trying hasn't been working, or you want a confidential and unbiased opinion.  Counseling can be very helpful to clarify difficulties, brainstorm new solutions, and following through with these actions.  Counselors can also provide you with information on difficulties, and referrals to local resources when it is in your best interest.

Who knows What I talked about in Counseling?

You and the Counselor. Everything that is discussed in counseling services is not released without your written permission.  There are very rare cases, if you would pose an immediate threat to yourself or others, that information would have to be released without your permission. Your counselor will discuss confidentiality and it's limits with you in the first session.  Your counselor may also consult with other staff in the center so that they can provide you with the best treatment.  If you have any questions about confidentiality, please call counseling services at 814 393 2255.

What kinds of counseling/Programs are available?

  • Individual Counseling (1 on 1)
  • Couples counseling (2 people to resolve concerns and tensions between each other. Couples may include roommates, friends, male/female relationships, and gay and lesbian couples.) 
  • Group Counseling (A group format that is for a specified difficulty) (Availability of groups varies per semester, please call to find out if a group is running)
    • Relaxation Workshop
    • Stress Group
    • Women's growth Group
    • Support Empowerment Group (Sexual Abuse support group)
  • Career Counseling (For major choice and planning after graduation)
  • Faculty and Staff Consultations (discuss how and when to encourage and/or refer a student for counseling)
  • Presentations and Programs
    • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
    • Exploring Your Body Image
    • Managing Stress
    • Increasing Communication in Your Relationships
    • Dieting and Healthy Eating
    • Assertiveness
    • Assessing Your Personality Style
    • Assessing Your Leadership Style
    • What to Do When You Miss Home for the First Time
    • Sexual Assault
    • Listening Skills
    • How to Increase Your Self-Esteem
    • How to Have a More Relaxed Performance
    • Beating the Winter Blues
    • Loss and Ways to Cope
    • Co-dependency
    • Disruptive Students in the Classroom (for faculty)
  • Long Distance Learner Consultations

Self Help Tools

  • check the LINKS page for web links to online self-help resources.
Last Updated 2/9/21