Counseling Services

Our on-site counseling center offers a variety of services for currently enrolled students to assist with the management of personal challenges and the demands of college life.

Professional counselors provide a safe, confidential place to discuss concerns or problems interfering with personal growth and academic achievement. Counselors provide counseling and psychotherapy to work toward the resolution of difficulties and facilitate improved functioning within the areas of targeted concern. Counseling services are voluntary, though all First Year Students are required to attend at least three sessions during their first semester. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Our counselors take great care in accommodating individual or specific learning needs during sessions.

In addition to providing individual services to students, counselors also offer various groups and workshops throughout the year, which reflect the needs of the current student body. Past groups have included: Social Skills, Assertive Communication, Transition Group, Women’s Issues, Men’s Issues, and Drug and Alcohol Education. Workshops offered recently include: Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Time Management, Food and Mood, and Healthy Relationships/Healthy Sex.

 

A Word for Parents and Families

Parents can be valuable resources when it comes time for a student to visit the Counseling Center. Often, a parent’s recommendation is what can lead the student to getting extra help through counseling. As parents, you know your child better than anyone, and you can often sense when something is wrong before a professor, learning specialist, or resident assistant can pick up on the subtle changes. By knowing the basic functions of the Counseling Center, your ability to make a recommendation to your student will be easier.

We understand that you may want to contact a counselor regarding the counseling experience with your student. Because we adhere to the State of Florida’s strict confidentiality laws between counselor and client, we encourage parents and family members to communicate with the student directly regarding their counseling experience.

Recommended Reading

  • You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience, by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parent’s Guide to Changing Relationships, by Barbara M. Newman and Philip Newman