The Counseling Center generally operates on a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy model in which the counselor actively assists the student in defining the problem, identifying specific goals, and producing change. The focus is on identifying client strengths, resources, and competencies as a foundation for problem-solving. Counselors work with students to help them find the most efficient solutions to their problems. There is a seven session limit per student per semester unless otherwise recommended by the counselor.
Why People Go To Counseling
There are times when people struggle with a concern or difficulty than they find difficult to resolve. Talking with a counselor can be helpful in exploring, understanding, and working through your concerns. Individual sessions usually are scheduled once a week. The number of sessions you have will vary depending on the nature of your concerns, and what you and your counselor decide.
Listed below are issues commonly brought to college counseling centers by students:
All counseling sessions are strictly confidential. No information may be released without the written permission of the student.
If you do not wish to speak with a counselor, but would like information about counseling issues, we have pamphlets available covering a wide range of topics. Consult with the Counseling Center Secretary for more information.
How Do You Get To See a Counselor?
Walk-in to the Counseling Center, in the Lammers Hall Annex, anytime Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm. All you have to say is, "Hi, I'd like to make an appointment." You will then fill out some paperwork in our waiting room. Then we will get you set up with an appointment. Usually you can see a counselor within a week, but during busier times of the year, you may need to wait a little longer. In the case of a crisis/emergency, the Counseling Center will offer an appointment as soon as possible.
All services are confidential and free to full-time day students. DGCE students may be seen for consultation and referral.
Graduate Counseling Interns also provide counseling. All interns have completed their graduate coursework in counseling and provide services under the direct supervision of professional staff members.
Counseling services are available to employees of the University through the AllOne Health Employee Assistance Program
Contact them at: 800-451-1834
The Westfield State University Counseling Center is committed to offering services free of bias regarding race, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation. Our offices are handicapped-accessible, and we place paramount importance on treating all individuals respectfully and honorably.