Why Students Seek Counseling
College students seek counseling services for many reasons. Common concerns include:
- Adjustment issues
- Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
- Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
- Health-related concerns (pregnancy, alcohol, STD's, problems with eating or sleeping)
- Concerns about academic issues (e.g. poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety)
- Stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, assault, harassment, death).
Depressed mood, stress, anxiety, and problems with academic performance are common concerns reported to the CAPS staff. Counseling helps students learn new coping skills, set goals, solve problems, make decisions, and manage stress, but it also provides a safe and structured environment in which students can explore various aspects of their emerging adult lives - independence, values, personal goals, sexuality, intimacy, and friendship.
Determining Whether a Student Needs Counseling
There are no set criteria for seeking services. Students wondering about whether their concerns are appropriate to bring to CAPS are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to consult with one of our staff.
As licensed mental health professionals, our staff is experienced in helping students who are depressed, anxious or have other psychological disorders. Although we help with these issues, we also work with many other student concerns such as loneliness or homesickness. There is no problem or issue that is "too small" to discuss. If something is big enough to bother a student, it's big enough to talk about with a counselor.