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A college education offers many opportunities, but it also comes with its share of stress. You may be struggling because of an overbooked schedule, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, grief or loss, or another personal issue. Sometimes life’s concerns can distract you from your academic work.
If you would like to talk with a counselor about your concerns, consider scheduling an appointment with Counseling Services on campus.
- Breakup of a romantic relationship
- Family problems
- Relationship problems with a partner, roommate, friend or professor
- Problems with drugs and/or alcohol
- Eating disorders
- Stress management
- Suicidal thinking
- Grief and loss
- Lack of motivation
Counseling Can Help
- Use personal strengths and attributes in a variety of situations
- Identify problem areas and factors that contribute to difficulties and dissatisfaction
- Learn what thoughts and behaviors contribute to problems and how to change them
- Improve stress-management skills
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Enhance the quality of relationships
- Make better decisions
- Lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life
What Is Counseling Like?
A first-time counseling session usually involves giving the counselor background information and talking about what led the student to schedule an appointment. The counselor and student will work together to develop a list of goals the student would like to meet while attending counseling. (These goals could be improving the student’s mood, coping and stress-management skills, communication skills, self-esteem, time-management skills or a particular relationship.) Subsequent sessions will focus on reaching these goals.
UWM at Washington County provides short-term mental health counseling for currently enrolled students. If it is assessed that the need for treatment requires long-term counseling or resources/competencies beyond what can be provided, assistance will be given with a referral to an appropriate off-campus mental health provider.
Respecting students’ privacy is of the utmost importance. Confidentiality is strictly maintained under the guidelines of state and federal laws as well as professional ethics. Students’ counseling files are held separately from academic and conduct files. No one is given any information about you without your written permission.