Offices & Services

Health & Counseling Services

Common Misperceptions

Counseling is only for people who have severe emotional problems.
Yes, counseling can help people with severe emotional problems. However, students seek counseling for a broad range of issues that may include personal development, stress management, or life circumstance problems.
Someone will find out.
All counseling services are confidentialThe Counseling Center will not release information about students to family members, potential employers, or government agencies without a student’s written permission except where required by law, to protect the student or others from physical danger, or upon court order. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file.
My problems are too small/big for the counselor to help me.
The counselor is sensitive to the fact that any problem you are experiencing is important to you and is subjectively distressing to you. Depending on the type or severity of the problem, counseling can be very brief or take place over a period of time.
Only weak people need counseling.
There is nothing weak about participating in counseling. In fact, entering counseling can be the first step in confronting and solving difficulties, which is, in fact, a courageous thing to do. 
The counselor can’t understand you unless she/he has had similar experiences or is from the same background.
Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful and valuing of diversity including individual differences related to gender, race/ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Your counselor may not have had the same experiences as you, but will be compassionate, respectful, and unconditionally supportive.