At Personal Counseling, we provide short-term individual therapy, and sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length. This is a model for mental health services, in which the therapist and the student work together collaboratively in order to set and attain goals. Brief therapy goals are typically specific, measurable, and attainable goals aimed at helping the student deal more effectively with psychological/interpersonal difficulties and life stressors that may impede their academic and personal progress. Students who access our services typically find that their needs are met within 3-4 sessions.
Our mental health counseling services are not intended to provide long-term care or psychiatric supervision (treatment that includes psychiatric medication), as there is no psychiatrist on staff. Students requiring long-term mental health needs will be referred to off-campus services through our case management services.
Group therapy can be a wonderful way in which people connect with others with similar experiences and goals, and use the space to work on those goals together.
At this time, Personal Counseling is not offering group therapy services, but check back here in the Fall of 2022 for updated information!
Our Personal Counseling team is available to present to student groups, clubs, or facilitate class presentations on a variety of subjects. Our team is equipped with knowledge from various backgrounds. Below is a list of topics most commonly requested of our staff:
- Working with Students in Distress
- Destigmatizing Mental Health
- Time Management
- Stress Management and Self-Care
- Tips for Emotional Management
- Body Image and Self-esteem
- Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
- Managing Text Anxeity and Performance Stress
- Our Services
If your campus group, club, or class is interested, please contact our office for more information.
Faculty/Staff Consultations on Student Related Matters
Our Personal Counseling team is available to consult with faculty and staff on student-related matters. Some potential indicators of concern are:
- a student who shows emotionally distress through his/her writing or talking with you
- marked changes in physical appearance, hygiene, or mood
- a student who may be overly demanding of faculty/staff attention
If you are a staff or faculty member who would like some assistance with a student, please visit our office to schedule an appointment.
Caring and Responding to Employees and Students
The Caring and Responding to Employees and Students (CARES) team was developed to better respond to students and employees who experience or have experienced the loss of a friend or family member through death or a sudden illness, such as cancer. The Team can be contacted through the Office of Personal Counseling at (626) 585-7273.