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Psychological Services

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Why is there a Psychological Services Program on campus?

    Discussing personal situations with friends, family and others can be helpful, but sometimes these people care so much about your well-being that they become over-involved and lose their objectivity. The counseling psychology staff may offer a different perspective and help develop new strategies and solutions.

  2. Aren't most people who seek psychological counseling 'sick' or 'crazy'?

    Certainly not! Most students who come to the office desire personal growth and are responding to changes in their lives. Contrary to old-fashioned beliefs, the staff views the seeking of professional assistance as a sign of personal strength.

  3. Who are the students who come for psychological counseling?

    Students utilizing our services reflect the diversity of PCC. Thus, we see a broad spectrum of men and women of all ages, races and ethnic groups at every level of academic standing.

  4. What kinds of problems do students come in with?

    Problems in managing: FEELINGS such as depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem or hopelessness. RELATIONSHIPS with parents, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends or friends. BEHAVIORS like eating habits or substance abuse. ACADEMIC situations like test anxiety, procrastination, time management, or career confusion.

  5. What about services for my significant other or family member?

    Only students who are attending classes at PCC are eligible for services. Referrals to appropriate community resources will be offered.

  6. How do I qualify for services?

    If you are attending classes this semester, you are eligible for services. If it is before the semester begins or after it ends, or if you withdraw from your classes, you are not eligible for services.