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Support, Disability, & Counseling Center

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Counseling

What is counseling?

 bulletCounseling offers an opportunity to talk to someone who will listen without criticism, and who will keep what you say confidential.

bulletSome people come to counseling because they need a friendly ear, or a different perspective on a problem (be it a relationship or a situation)

bulletComing to counseling does not mean that you are “crazy”, but that perhaps you are interested in self exploration or in bettering yourself.

A counseling session may last up to an hour. Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come for several regular sessions and sometimes they may have long periods of time between sessions. This is something that is negotiated between you and the counselor and depends on many factors including the types of issues that are discussed and the purpose of the counseling.

Why choose counseling?

The counseling relationship is unique, in that the talking is dedicated to you. You get to speak about, and decide what is best for you. Counselors are skilled at dealing with emotional distress, trained to listen carefully and respectfully and to facilitate conversations that might include:

bulletIdentifying concerns and understanding how they are affecting your life.

bulletExploring possibilities or new ways to deal with the concerns.

bulletRecognizing patterns and cycles and potential way to negative habits, patterns or routines. D

bulletDeveloping strategies and options for your relationships.

bulletRecognizing and acting on goals, dreams, hopes and expectations that you hold for your life.

 

What can you expect from counseling?

You can expect to be:

bulletListened to with care and respect.

bulletResponded to honestly and respectfully.

bulletInformed about confidentiality.

bulletDiscussing issues that are relevant and preferable to you.

bulletMeeting with a counselor who has qualifications and experience.

bulletTreated in ways that are respectful of and sensitive to cultural values, religious beliefs, gender issues and disabilities.

bulletInformed and consulted about referrals to other professionals if this would be of benefit to you.

bulletFree to ask questions about the counselor's training, experience, ways of working, supervision, professional association including the code of ethics and complaints procedure.

bulletStop counseling at any time for any reason.

bulletFree to refuse to answer questions or discuss any aspects of your life that do not feel relevant or appropriate.

 

What factors can help make counseling beneficial?

The counseling relationship and experience is different for everyone and outcomes cannot be predicted, however most people find counseling beneficial. We have listed a few factors that can help make your counseling experience a good one.

bulletFor many people counseling can be an unfamiliar or risky step to take. Expressing any concerns you may have to the counselor can be helpful.

bulletBeing prepared to think about the counseling conversations and act on ideas or decisions between counseling sessions.

bulletThe relationship between you and the counselor is an important factor. If you feel that the relationship with your counselor is preventing you from speaking freely for any reason, let us know and we will support you to change counselors.

Sometimes our beliefs or expectations of ourselves or counseling result in a delay in seeking help until situations become serious. While no issue is too big or small, many people tell us that they wish they'd come to counseling sooner


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If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at: studdev@wwcc.wy.edu.

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