Counseling services can be of great help for a wide range of challenges, issues, or concerns. You do not have to “need” counseling to benefit from it. The vast majority of people are able to use the safety of a counseling relationship to improve their lives in a wide variety of ways. Counseling services are free of charge for eligible UWM students. Please see below for more information on the different counseling options at our center.
Individual counseling (IC) provides an opportunity to explore and learn about yourself within a confidential, professional relationship. We follow a brief therapy model which is goal oriented and solution-focused. Counseling can help through:
- Allowing open discussion and problem solving of life stressors
- Learning stress management, distress tolerance, and general coping techniques
- Gaining insight into the interplay of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in your daily life
- Addressing particularly challenging memories or past experiences
- Working to identify aspects of your life you might want to change or improve
- Better understanding yourself and others to further explore your own identity and improve relationships with others
Some of the most common reasons students seek counseling include: anxiety (worry, nervousness, insecurity), depression (mood, loneliness, disconnection, guilt), self-esteem, identity concerns, alcohol and drug use/abuse, body image and eating behaviors, sexual assault or physical abuse, and relationship and interpersonal problems.
Relationship counseling can be appropriate for partners at any stage in their relationship. Both individuals must be eligible UWM students.
- Common reasons for utilizing relationship counseling include: sorting through frequent and challenging arguments, improving communication and communication styles, pre-commitment counseling, and exploration of values, expectations, or cultural differences in your relationship.