Many students experience personal concerns, high emotional distress or trouble functioning (e.g. difficulty concentrating, sleeping, loss of interest in activities) at some point in their college career. In such situations, it can be very helpful or necessary to speak with an objective, caring professional in order to get back on track and feel better. While students may seek counseling for any number of reasons, common reasons include: stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, adjustment, body image, grief, trauma, substance abuse and identity.
A lot of things can happen. Mostly you will be talking with someone
about your feelings and concerns. You will usually set some goals (e.g.
behavioral changes, skills that you want to learn) with your therapist.
However, your therapist cannot “fix” your problems and probably won’t
tell you what to do. Counseling is a collaborative process that requires
work and motivation on your end. Your therapist may suggest that you
read something to help you understand what is happening or provide
feedback to you. S/he may teach your some skills (e.g. relaxation
techniques) or might ask you to do "homework" between sessions (e.g.
practice techniques learned in session).
If you are distressed by issues in your life, then they
are serious. Just because some people’s issues are more severe doesn’t
mean that yours are insignificant. We are always glad to help in
whatever way we can.
We can handle most issues of an emotional/psychological
nature that college students experience. However, if the presenting
issues require more specialized or intense services, we can assist in
referring you to the appropriate agency or provider.
All counseling services are free to Bellarmine University
To arrange an initial appointment, call our office at
502.272.8480. Let us know that you want to arrange a first-time
appointment for personal counseling. We will speak with you briefly to
assess your basic concerns and match you with a counselor.
A typical session is around 50 minutes. If this seems too
long or short for you and what is happening in your life, we can always
Group therapy is a valuable tool for helping people with a variety of presenting concerns. Group therapy can offer a space to get support, feel understood, receive feedback, development new coping skills, and enhance social skills. We offer an Interpersonal Process Group, a Coping Skills Group, and a Grief Support Group. Times vary by semester; please contact the counseling center for the most up to date details at 502.272.8480.
This all depends
on you and your needs. You are under no obligation to continue, but
people who benefit the most from counseling tend to come for at least 3
or 4 sessions. However, some people meet their goals in a single
session, while other people may come for the maximum our office offers of 10 individual therapy sessions per academic year. There are no session limits for referrals, consultations, crises, or group therapy services.
At times, medication may be recommended as an additional treatment for a mental health condition. The Counseling Center has limited psychiatric services available through a contractual agreement with a psychiatrist. These services are designed as a supplement to counseling services and you must be referred by your counselor. Students needing longer-term psychiatric care will be referred to trusted providers in the community.
Sometimes it helps
to have a friend or support person along with you when you go to a new
place. Usually that friend does not come into a session but they can if
you wish. If you are experiencing problems in a relationship and need to
bring someone in to work on that with you, we can do that as well. This
goes for an intimate relationship with your partner but it can also be
useful for roommate conflicts or other friendship issues that have not
been able to work themselves out elsewhere.
services are confidential. That means that we can’t disclose any
information to parents, professors, friends or anyone else without your
consent to release that information. There are some exceptions to this
rule. We may need to disclose information in cases where we think you
may be at imminent risk of harming yourself or others, suspected child
or elder abuse, if recorders are court ordered or other situations
mandated by state or federal law. All personal counseling services and medical records are strictly confidential. There are some limitations to confidentiality as mandated by law or professional ethical code. Your counselor can explain those limitations.
Yes, as long as one person involved in the therapy is a Bellarmine