Personal Counseling Services
Personal counseling services are provided to help individuals develop self-awareness, recognize alternatives, and feel empowered to take charge of their lives.
Students typically explore such issues as personal growth and well-being, relationship problems, social and sexual struggles, self-esteem enhancement, academic difficulties, eating disorders, major life decisions, grief, depression and anxiety.
A student requesting mental health services is entitled to an assessment session with one of the licensed counselors on staff. In this session the student and counselor work together to decide on the best plan for the student. This could be a few sessions of counseling from the Personal Counseling Center located at the Student Health & Wellness Center, or perhaps a referral to a community counselor for longer-term counseling or a referral to another student service on campus.
In order to help build a healthy campus environment, counselors do outreach to student services and academic departments. Students, faculty and staff are informed about what constitutes good mental health, about the signs of mental health concerns, and what to do when questions occur. Counseling services include:
- Individual counseling
- Couple's counseling
- Crisis services
- Suicide prevention services
- Referrals to community resources
- Referrals to campus resources
- Presentations to student groups, faculty and staff
- Trainings for student workers and leaders, faculty and staff
Counseling staff are professional mental health providers including Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Family and Marriage Therapist (FMT).
If you would like to schedule a counseling appointment, please contact the SHWC front desk at 541-552-6136 during business hours.
Here are some other services we offer:
Mindfulness Drop-In Group for SOU Students
Thursdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm in the Stevenson Union, room 314. Unwind and feel more RELAXED...boost your CONFIDENCE...learn how to ACCEPT yourself and others...RELIEVE anxiety and depression...have better RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION. Group includes relaxation exercises, guided meditations, discussion, and presentations on topics such as self-acceptance, anxiety, stress, relationships, and depression. This group is for SOU students only. It is free of charge and students can "drop in" on any group without needing to call first.
A part-time licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner is available to provide mental health evaluations and when appropriate pharmacological treatment. Visits incur a minimal fee placed directly to the student account. Care coordination with community providers can be provided.
The SHWC does not provide psychological testing as needed for attention deficit disorder. Providers within the SHWC are familiar with community providers who will work with students on the cost of psychological testing.
Mental Health Care Within Primary Medical Care
Our physicians and family nurse practitioners can diagnosis and treat depression and anxiety within the appropriate scope of primary medical care. Referrals may be made to the psychiatric nurse practitioner to further evaluation and assessment of the best pharmacological treatment.
Creating New Pathways - early sobriety support group
Do alcohol or other drugs have you feeling out of control? Want to be sober, but feel alone in the crowd Creating New Pathways is a group for SOU students wanting the support of fellow students early in sobriety. This program is complementary to most recovery programs and allows for students to connect with others who have similar challenges and goals. For more information or questions about Creating New Pathways please contact group facilitator Carolyn Verner at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group will not be meeting during the summer, but will most likely resume during fall term 2012.
A Statement about Counseling Services
Our counselors possess the fundamental belief that individuals have worth, dignity and the ability to solve their own problems by understanding themselves and their alternatives. People who are motivated and willing to change benefit most from counseling. Staff are professionally trained in the areas of counseling, clinical social work or psychology.
Counseling services are provided to assist clients in areas of personal growth and adjustment to life stressors. Counseling typically explores such issues as well-being, relationship, social and sexual struggles, self-esteem enhancement, academic difficulties, eating disorders, major life decisions, grief, depression and anxiety. Students seeking counseling explore their ability to cope with life effectively by establishing a trusting and confidential relationship with a counselor.
Counseling begins with an assessment of the student’s concerns and goals and determination regarding whether the student would most benefit from counseling here. SHWC counseling services utilizes a short-term model or referral to a community provider. We do not provide long-term counseling. You may discontinue counseling at any time. We do ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may have a closing session and if necessary provide you with other resources.
You may question any procedures used in our session and you may also refuse the use of certain therapeutic techniques. Records may be reviewed with you at your request. Along with our commitment to provide high quality counseling services, we have a commitment to the education and training of counseling interns. Interns working on Master’s degrees may provide services. These interns are supervised by counseling staff and adhere to the same policies as other staff members. You will be consulted if your treatment is to be provided by an intern.
Mental health is of utmost importance and directly correlates with physical well-being. We are pleased to offer both physical and mental health services.
For more information about Counseling Services please contact our Director of Counseling, Victor Chang.
Victor Chang, MA LPC
Director of Counseling