WHAT IS THE COUNSELING PROCESS?
In general, counseling is a collaborative process that involves joint problem solving in a confidential context. Almost all counseling is based on:
- The development of a trusting and open relationship between the client and the counselor.
- Honest exploration of feelings, needs, and concerns.
- Efforts to try new solutions for old problems.
Confidentiality is a corner stone of counseling session. We believe counseling is most effective when a student can be direct and honest with a counselor without fear that personal information will be divulged. Confidentiality is also an ethical and legal requirement. We keep separate records from other administrative offices on campus. We do not release any information about a student without that student’s written permission. There are, however, legal and ethical limits to confidentiality. In life-threatening situations, the duty to protect supercedes the right to confidentiality and we may call for additional help, without permission, to protect you or someone else from imminent danger.
The University Counseling Center provides counseling, educational, and developmental services to the University community. The center is committed to increase awareness and knowledge of differences so that respectful human interactions and effective interconnections can occur. Our Goal is for all AUBG students, faculty, and staff to be able to access our services and receive acceptance regardless of culture, gender, generation, ethnicity, lifestyle, spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, language, or physical and mental disabilities.
Why Use the Counseling Center?
Many students visit the Counseling Center because they want to learn more about themselves as they integrate into the University Community. Some students come because they want to improve their studies or are unsure about their major. Others come because they have difficult decisions to make, or are dealing with an unhappy turn of events in their lives. Perhaps they have a general feeling that they could be getting more out of life, or they want to explore their relationships with people and world around them. Students also come for counseling because they feel something is bothering them but they do not know what it is and they do not know how to talk about it. New and returning students, men and women, culturally diverse students, and students of differing sexual orientation, among others, use the Counseling Center It would be an unusual student who at some time did not experience challenges in adapting to new situations and changes taking place. Counseling services are provided free of charge to all students. When appropriate, the staff refers students to other campus offices as well as to other human services agencies in the country.
How Do I Know If I Need Counseling?
Counseling may be helpful if you feel concerned about any of the following:
- Feeling lonely
- Wondering what you are going to do with your life
- Choosing relationships that don’t seem to work out
- Drinking or using drugs
- Hiding a secret
- Not knowing how to study
- Doing your homework and feeling as though you listen in class but your grades don’t reflect your efforts
- Selecting a major
- Feeling stress or anxiety
- Feeling sad, depressed, or having low energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- You don’t seem to have the friendship you would like
- Thoughts of suicide
- Either eating too much or too little
- Exercising compulsively
- Physical or emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
IF ANY OF THESE SOUND FAMILIAR, YOU MAY FIND IT HELPFUL TO COME TO THE CENTER AND TALK IT OVER WITH A COUNSELOR.