Each semester, when the Counseling Center has no more capacity to add new clients seeking ongoing counseling, we replace initial consultations with end-of-semester sessions. As of Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 the Counseling Center will begin offering end-of-semester sessions. These one-time sessions are an hour in length and focus on problem solving more immediate issues. If students are in need of further services, we will help them connect with other resources outside of the Counseling Center.
If you are interested in using Counseling Center services, please call 512-245-2208 or visit our office in LBJSC 5-4.1.
You can initiate Counseling Center services through one of three levels of consultation appointments. We understand your situation is unique, cannot be fully described and that a feeling of emergency or crisis is defined by you. In our effort to best serve each student, we will respond according to your description of your consultation need. When you call or come in for your consultation appointment you will be asked to indicate the level of appointment you are seeking (see levels below):
Level 1: Emergency Consultations
If you have taken recent steps to end your life, feel you are at immediate risk of hurting or killing yourself or someone else, or are having persistent thoughts of hurting yourself or others a therapist will meet with you as soon as possible today. This meeting will focus specifically on assessing safety and helping you to address safety concerns.
Level 2: Urgent Consultations
If you are seeking support for a recently experienced a traumatic event such as an assault, death of a loved one, or unusual experiences such as hearing voices, or seeing things, and you feel you are NOT at immediate risk of hurting or killing yourself or someone else, and you have NOT taken recent steps to end your life, then we will schedule you as soon as possible, today or tomorrow. This meeting will focus on helping you to identify appropriate services as quickly as possible.
Level 3: Initial Consultations
This is the most common level of need for students seeking counseling center services. Common concerns bringing students to an Initial Consultation include, but are not limited to:
• anxiety/stress • symptoms of depression
• relationship problems/break-ups • difficulty adjusting to college life/academic difficulties
Initial Consultations (ICONs) are same-day appointments. Calling earlier in the day provides you with more options. If no appointments remain available, you will be asked to call on a different day when your schedule is flexible. Initial Consultations are short in duration (15 minutes) and are designed to assist you in identifying appropriate services, including educational workshops, group therapy, support groups, individual or couples counseling.
Please be on time for your appointment. In order to serve all students effectively, your appointment may be rescheduled if you are late.