Counseling & Psychological Services - FAQ

What will the first visit be like?

At the initial session, which will last about 50 minutes, you and your counselor will try to understand what your concerns entail and how they can best be approached. Your counselorwill probably ask a number of questions about your concerns- how you have been feeling, what your life a Saint Aug is like, etc. Also, you may be asked about past influences, including your family life, and about your history of personal concerns or medical difficulties.

With whom will you be meeting?

A licensed counselor with a special interest in the psychological development of university students will meet with you. He/she will use cognitive-behavioral approaches that can help you clarify your feelings, develop positive goals, and create a plan of actionto achieve your goals.

What information is confidential?

Information revealed in counseling even the information that you have made an appointment is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for information to be released, The exceptions to this practice are:

  • When a counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself or others.
  • When the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered.
  • When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • When disclosure is made necessaryby legal proceedings.

What happens after the first visit?

The goal of your first meeting is for you and your counselorto arrive at an understanding of your concerns and the kind of assistance you need. Depending on your situation, a number off directions are possible, including:

  • The initial discussion may have you to resolve your concerns sufficiently.
  • Ongoing individual counseling may be recommended; if so, it may be available immediately or may require a short waiting period.
  • One of the CAPS therapy or support groups may be a way to address your needs.

What should you give to counseling?

Naturally, you hold some responsibilityfor the success of your counseling. It may take a while for trust to form in the counseling relationship, but you are encouragedto speak openly and honestly. Most people who receive counseling find it helpful and satisfying. In the process of counseling, it is common to experience painful feelings or thoughts that arouse discomfort. While generally effective, successful counseling is not something that can be guaranteed. If your counseling does not seem to be working for you, the first step is to convey your feelings to your counselor.