Individual and Group Counseling
All students are eligible for an initial evaluation with a counselor; however, if the counselor determines that a student is experiencing psychological or medical problems that require more intensive therapy or a specialized treatment approach that is not available through Counseling Services, a referral will be made to an appropriate treatment facility off-campus.
Counselors will not provide intensive therapy for students with the following issues:
- sexual abuse issues
- suicidal or homicidal intent
- self-injurious behavior
- domestic violence
- eating disorders
If a counselor determines that a student is not making progress with a counselor at SXU, or is non-compliant with counseling recommendations/referrals, the counselor may also refer that student off-campus.
Counseling Services does not provide legal services such as written reports or court testimony. Therefore, students involved in legal proceedings of any kind (i.e. child custody, sex offenders, mandated counseling) will be referred off-campus.
Counselors maintain strict professional standards of confidentiality and privacy. The exceptions to confidentiality are when you indicate or a counselor believes you present an foreseeable danger to yourself or others, a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse or neglect, or a court order requires disclosure of counseling files. Our files are separate from your academic and health records. In order to ensure the highest quality of care, we sometimes consult with clinical supervisors and fellow counselors. This consultation falls within the bounds of confidentiality and all efforts are made to ensure your privacy.
Characteristics Specific To Individual Counseling
The first two sessions will include a comprehensive exploration of your presenting problems and a personal history. You and your counselor will set short-term goals to be achieved within 10 sessions or less. If your needs may be better met by another agency or professional, a referral to that source will be recommended and facilitated your counselor.
Counseling appointments typically last 45 minutes. If you need to cancel your appointment, then we ask that you notify your counselor as soon as possible.
Characteristics Specific To Group Counseling
Group counseling is offered on an as-needed basis and typically focuses on concerns that are best discussed among peers. Such topics may include improving relationships and coping with loss or grief.