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Individual Counseling

Who Goes to Counseling?

You are not alone. Often it is helpful to talk to someone who listens, understands your concerns, and can offer support. Our counselors are knowledgeable about campus and community resources, offer objective viewpoints and will assist you in identifying solutions. Personal Counseling offers a safe, confidential environment where people can share thoughts and feelings, explore concerns, gain awareness, and make appropriate changes.

Last year, hundreds of students were assisted through individual and group counseling at UMD Health Services. Professional services are offered that can help you deal with the real pressures of college life and the personal transitions you may be experiencing.

When should I seek counseling?

Many students enter the counseling process by saying, "I don't know if I really need to be here, butů" Students say they hesitate to see a counselor because they don't know if their problem is serious enough. You should seek counseling if you are:

  • Searching for ways to cope with college life
  • Experiencing academic difficulties and/or test anxiety
  • Having conflicts with roommates, co-workers, friends
  • Feeling lonely, inadequate or having troubling "fitting in"
  • Questioning the course of romantic relationships
  • Concerned about your sexuality or sexual behavior
  • Dealing with difficult family situations
  • Feeling tense, stressed, anxious, irritable or uncertain
  • Experiencing a lack of motivation or ability to concentrate
  • Concerned about alcohol or drug abuse
  • Dealing with eating problems
  • Experiencing difficulty grieving about a loss
  • Experiencing sexual harassment or other kinds of discrimination
  • Dealing with a crisis such as sexual assault or rape
  • Recovering from sexual or physical abuse or incest

What can I expect?

Our staff members are professional liscensed mental health counselors. During the first appointment, you and your counselor will discuss concerns and formulate a plan for dealing with those issues. The counselor may ask for information to help him/her understand your needs. You can ask questions about the counseling process and make suggestions. You and your counselor may agree that "just talking about it" would be most beneficial or you may jointly decide to deal with your concerns in a more structured way. Relaxation training, skill building assignments, specific action plans, reading and keeping a journal, or a number of other techniques may be suggested. We focus on the short term counseling that incorporates individual strengths.

What about confidentiality?

UMD Health Services is committed to ensuring that information resulting from counseling session is held in confidence. Any information exchanged during the counseling process is to be used exclusively for the benefit of the student. Counseling records are not kept in student academic files, and information is not released without the student's permission.

How do I reach a counselor?

Simply call (218) 726-7913 to schedule an appointment. Your first visit will last approximately 50 minutes. Your counselor will then help you make subsequent appointments.

How soon can I see a counselor?

Students generally can get into Counseling Services within one week. If you are in a crisis and need to see someone sooner, please identify yourself as someone "in crisis" when you call. In emergencies, we try to see someone as soon as possible.

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