If you have a question about counseling or other mental health services that is not answered below, please contact Counseling Services at 318.869.5466 or email Ashley Dehart.
Counseling is a mutually collaborative process through which individuals are assisted in defining goals, making decisions, and solving problems related to personal, social, educational, and career concerns. The counselor cannot change you, but acts as a facilitator. Only you can change yourself. Your counselor is committed to help you in this process.
Many people experience the following in counseling:
Counseling may be helpful if you feel concerned about:
In order to know whether or not something is a problem, you must examine the effects it has on your life. For example, most of us have times where we feel very sad or depressed. It is a problem if your sadness prevents you from doing your best academically - or - if it interferes with your relationships with other people. The same is true of other problems. Some people drink, but if your drinking causes arguments or you get a DWI, it may be a problem.
For more information or to make an appointment, call or stop by Health & Counseling Services in the lower level of Rotary Hall. On your first visit you will be asked to fill out some paperwork and visit with the counselor. Most people feel some anxiety the first time they come to see a counselor — after the first visit it gets a lot easier.
With few exceptions information shared in counseling including the fact that you have sought counseling is not released to individuals outside the Counseling Center without your permission. The exceptions to confidentiality include threat of harm to yourself or others, suspected abuse of a child or incapacitated adult, or a court order. If for any reason you want your counselor to contact someone outside the counseling center (e.g. parents, faculty, or staff member), you need to discuss this with your therapist ahead of time. In all cases you must fill out a consent form to release the information.
The counselor is available to meet with faculty or staff to provide an initial assessment and/or referrals to providers in the community to obtain counseling. Confidentiality, as outlined above, also applies to communication with faculty and staff.
No. Services are provided on a short-term basis at no charge to all students enrolled at Centenary. Students needing ongoing treatment will be referred to resources in the community.
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