Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote qualitative improvements in the campus life of students. We help students to accomplish their personal, professional and academic goals through counseling, consultation, outreach programs and in-campus campaigns. We are committed to match our services to the needs of a culturally diverse student population living in campus or off-campus.

Why counseling?

Ask these questions yourself.
  • Do you feel depressed?
  • Are you very much indecisive?
  • Are you afraid of failure and worried about facing the consequences?
  • Do you compulsively procrastinate?
  • Do you constantly worry about talking to strangers?
  • Do you hesitate talking to your opposite gender?
  • Are you worried about sharing your academic results with parents?
  • Do you have problems talking to your teachers and mentors?
  • Do you depend on alcohol and drugs to drench your problems?
  • Do you feel that you should have attended the classes but for some unknown reasons you have not?
  • Have you recently started avoiding your friends?
  • Have you faced unforeseen stress situations?
  • Do you get angry more frequently now than earlier days for unknown reasons?

If your answer is in the affirmative to more than one questions posted above, you may be in need of counseling and you can immensely benefit from good counseling. There can be many other issues, unique to an individual, for which counseling may be needed. Some students come for a few sessions with a counselor; others may need longer periods of commitment. This decision should be made by jointly by the concerned individual and the counselor. Consider seeing the student counselor if your difficulties persist for an extended period of time, and if you experience symptoms that interfere with your normal, daily activities.

If you are not sure of the need for counseling, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to discuss with you and answer any questions you may have.

What is student counseling?

Personal counseling is a helping process that takes place between a student and a trained counselor. In an atmosphere of neutrality and open acceptance, students develop trust with the counselor. The counselor promotes self-direction. The counselor does not use a directive approach to tell a student how to lead his or her own life. It is through a sharing of ideas in a caring, respectful relationship that students make important decisions on their own after considering all consequences. The counseling relationship can help a student to build on his or her strengths and address problems constructively. In the counseling sessions what is discussed between a student and counselor is private and treated with respect. It is not disclosed to parents, faculty, or friends without the student’s consent.

How do I set up a counseling appointment?

The counselor provides personal counseling sessions for students and others in need in the counseling room. To schedule an appointment with the counselor, simply call or stop by. Counseling Services during office hours. (Insert address phone number, image of the counseling office)

If you have additional questions about counseling, or are still not sure if counseling is right for you, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to consult with you about your situation and to answer any questions you may have.

If you are new to counseling, here are a few things that you should take note of:

What will the Counselor do?  

What will the Counselor not do?  

You will be doing most of the talking. The Counselor will only draw you out into talking

The Counselor to give you an instant solution to your problem

The Counselor will listen you with interest and empathy

The Counselor will not offer sympathy

The Counselor will not read your mind. She will only hold a mirror to your thoughts

The Counselor will not tell you what to do and not to do

You are expected to take responsibility to your own thoughts and actions

The Counselor will not criticize your friends and faculty members

The Counselor will listen to you objectively and she will be non-judgmental 

The Counselor will not force you to talk, if you are not ready to talk 

The Counselor will not provide you a guide book

The Counselor will not share your thoughts and feelings with others

The counselor might refer you for outside referral if long term help is needed. But the decision will be taken jointly

The Counselor will not decide alone

 

Parents section

College is different from high school. What is expected of students is different. An awareness of these differences can help both parents and students. It will help to promote a successful college experience. In the college:

  • Assignments appear on a syllabus
  • Students have more autonomy
  • There are relatively few hours spent in class, many more hours doing homework
  • Students receive several assignments early in the semester, to be done outside of class
  • The subject matter is more difficult than in high school
  • There are many bright peers and much more competition.

The life of a college student involves opportunity, excitement, and stress. While experiencing everyday ups and downs is a part of life, some students encounter difficulties that interfere with their functioning. As a parent, it likely that you are the first person to recognize the stress deteriorating into distress in your child and in many cases you are the first person your child reaches out to.

If you notice that your son or daughter is having difficulties, you can provide a great deal of help by simply listening with an open and non-judgmental way and without being authoritative. You can also encourage your child to seek additional help, particularly if their difficulties are persistent, or are interfering with their daily activities. Here are some of the signs that may indicate a need for additional assistance:

  • Persistently depressed, irritable, or anxious mood
  • Getting angry or upset over trivial matters
  • Changes in behavior e.g. becoming more quiet or withdrawn
  • Changes in appetite, and/or weight changes
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Academic difficulties e.g. falling grades, skipping classes, low motivation
  • Shunning companionship; likes to be left alone
  • Loss of interest in previously-enjoyed activities

If you notice your child experiencing any of the signs listed above, you may want to encourage him or her to see the Counselor. Counselor is also available to consult with parents. If you are wondering how to assist your child, or wondering if your child could benefit from counseling, feel free to call us. We stress that all our conversation will be kept confidential and will be treated with respect.