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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Question

What is counseling?
Do I need counseling?
Who is eligible for Counseling Services?
Do I have to pay for counseling?
How do I make an appointment?
Where is Counseling located?
What if I am worried about a friend?

 

   Q: What is counseling?

Counseling is a process where one explores, with the help of a professional, issues of concern in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Through Counseling Services, students are encouraged to talk freely, examine feelings, ask questions, and explore options. Our counselors aim to help students cope with emotional concerns and deal more effectively with problems hindering their academic, personal and career development. 

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Q: Do I need counseling?

Counseling can simply be sharing your thoughts and feelings in confidence with a trained counselor. This is often helpful when you have decisions to make. Sometimes counseling may help you to change your behavior in order to deal more effectively with a problem. You may become aware of strengths and resources you can use to your benefit. At other times, counseling may help by giving you certain types of information, or by teaching you new skills. Counseling may help you see yourself and others in a different light.

Generally, people come for counseling because they want to feel better about themselves or about their relationships. Some specific reasons include:

  • Clarifying values and priorities.
  • Dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Dealing with eating issues.
  • Enhancing your ability to cope more effectively with stress.
  • Improving your relationships with friends and family.
  • Increasing self-confidence and assertiveness.
  • Overcoming feelings of depression.
  • Overcoming loneliness and shyness.
  • Understanding your sexuality.

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Q: Who is eligible for Counseling Services?

All currently enrolled Collin students are eligible for counseling services.
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Q: Do I have to pay for counseling?

All currently enrolled Collin students are eligible for counseling services.
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Q: How do I make an appointment? (click here)

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Q: Where is Counseling located? (click here)

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Q: What if I am worried about a friend?

It can be hard to know how much to make of puzzling, painful, or self-destructive behavior in others, and what to do about it. Counselors are available to consult about how to make sense of what is going on, and how you can best respond in order to take care of yourself as well as the other person.

Staff members in Counseling Services are happy to have students referred to us for counseling. We are always available to consult about whether a referral may be necessary, where might be the best place to refer someone, and ideas for how to present the referral to them.

We may be able to help with off-campus referrals if contacted about someone who is not a student. If someone you want to refer has a question about our services, you might refer him or her to this web site to get a general idea.

However, if he or she remains unsure if counseling is needed, you may encourage them to come in for the introductory interview to get a better sense of what it is like.

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