UMC Counseling Services offers individual counseling services on a short-term basis, ranging from one day to a few weeks to a few months, depending on the nature of the students concern(s). Six session are usually used to determine further counseling services. Students who have concerns that require longer-term counseling are usually referred to other agencies or resources that can better meet their needs.
Individuals meet with a counselor on a one-to-one basis and are helped to understand their feelings and behaviors, their relationships with others, their particular situation, choices and how to make decisions. Discussion of whatever is important and relevant enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making sound choices and taking responsible action with themselves, interpersonal relationships, family and University studies.
Some examples of student concerns are loneliness, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, eating disorders, substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), sexual harassment and abuse issues, family issues, making major decisions, meeting crises head-on, self-esteem and self-confidence issues, and stress management.
Students interested in receiving counseling for personal issues can schedule an appointment by e-mail, telephone, or in person by stopping by Counseling Services in Suite 245 Student Center.
Although counselors make every effort to schedule appointments as quickly as possible, the waiting period for an individual appointment will vary. Initial appointments are generally scheduled as soon as possible.