A key goal of the Counseling Center is to provide opportunities to our students for healthy psychological development and growth, and the enhancement of their abilities to learn and use their creative processes.
In addition, our mission includes doing what we can to ensure that our graduates are relatively psychologically healthy and have not had to deny, avoid, repress, and or leave unattended the debilitating symptoms of psychological distress.
These services are confidential and sensitive to issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, and disabilities. Our mission also includes providing student development and psychological consultation to all segments of the college community, adding to the existing knowledge in the discipline of student development and psychology, and bringing psychological knowledge to bear upon the institution’s policies as they affect human behavior.
The center itself is funded through tuition. Our services are free of charge, although students are responsible for the cost of any external services. Although we follow a short-term intervention model, the number of sessions varies and is discussed as part of the initial intake process.
Counseling and psychiatric services are offered exclusively to students, however, the Counseling Center is able to provide referral and consultation services to college faculty and staff. Students come to the Counseling Center for many reasons, ranging from adjustment concerns and relationship difficulties, to issues around identity development and integration.
While students primarily use individual counseling and psychiatric services, we offer outreach, semester-long groups, and yearly campuswide screenings.