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.
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.
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.
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 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 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%
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