Student Wellness Services

What is counseling?

When students need an objective, caring listener who is knowledgeable about human behavior, the Counseling Center is the place to go. There is nothing mysterious about the counseling process. Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of an unique, confidential, helping relationship. In this relationship, the counselor acts as a facilitator in helping the client to understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her. Expect the counselor to listen attentively, to express caring concerns, and to offer questions and feedback aimed toward helping you help yourself. Individuals are helped to understand their feelings and behaviors, their relationships with others, their particular situation’s, choices, and decisions. Discussion of important and relevant issues enable individuals to make mature choices and become independent.

Why do students come for Counseling?

The most common concerns which students bring to the Counseling Center are:
  • Puzzling or Distressing emotional states
  • Problematic or abusive relationship issues
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Substance use issues
  • Low Self-confidence
  • Self-defeating behaviors
  • Career and life planning

When should a student use our services?

Prevention is the best cure. The college years are known to be extraordinarily stressful for many students. Most cope adequately with stress, at least without becoming overwhelmed. However in this contemporary climate of competition and pressure, increasing numbers of students find that stress becomes unmanageable and interferes with learning, and seek healthy, coping options through counseling.

Types of Sessions

Most students are either self-referred or referred by a doctor, agency, or friend, and need only five or six appointments to address their problems. Thus, our counseling service is a short-term, out–patient treatment facility.

Individual Counseling

Many students meet with the counselor on a one-to-one basis, usually weekly, to work thought personal concerns. Most students are seen for less than one semester. The frequency and number of sessions will be determined by you and your counselor.

Group Counseling

Counseling in groups, offers a broad range of insight and support from peers and professional counselors. Some groups deal with general concerns, others have a more specific focus such as personal growth and elimination of self defeating behaviors.

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling strives to alleviate the strains in a close relationship, and requires both partner’s full participation.


Occasionally, you may be referred to another counselor whose expertise can better meet you needs. Students may be introduced to resources which offer more or different services form those available through the Counseling Center.

Counseling Myths

Counseling is too expensive for me.

Fact: That is not true! while the usual rate for therapy hour is $75.00 to $125.00, the Counseling Center provides this service free for being a student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

You have to be “crazy” to go for therapy/counseling.

Fact: Only a very small percentage of clients have had psychotic experiences. Most clients come to work through some problem areas of their life that are disrupting their lives in some way. Actually, instead of being “crazy” it is smart to utilize the resources which are available to you.

Going to therapy is a sign of weakness.

Fact: Actually, it takes a great deal of emotional strength to confront problem areas, seek help, and take responsibility for your life.

“No one is going to tell me what to do!”

Fact: The task of the therapist is definitely not to tell you what to do. Instead your therapist will help you explore potential solutions or directions. Once you have chosen your direction (goal) your therapist will help you get there.

All you do is sit in the counselors office and tell them your problems.

Fact: The counseling center has many resources for information to aid in helping students as well as clients at Southeastern. Pamphlets, Video’s, Career Guidance information, College Success strategies, and much more information is available for all enrolled students. All you have to do is stop by North Hall room 112 and ask for assistance. Fact: We work with normal people who are struggling with a variety of personal, family, or social issues. We see individuals, couples, and groups. Every year 3% of the United States population is involved in therapy and 28%