Title: Counseling : frequently asked questions
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COUNSELING
FREQUENTLY
ASKED
QUESTIONS


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COUNSELING CENTER
301 Peabody Hall | (352) 392-1575
http://www.counsel.ufl.edu
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WHAT IS COUNSELING?


Counseling is a chance to talk confidentially
with someone who can help you learn skills
and new ways of looking at situations. This
can help you be more capable of solving
problems on your own.

Some students benefit from one or two
sessions of problem-solving, while some
concerns may warrant further counseling
sessions. In the beginning stage of
counseling, your counselor will ask about
your concerns to gain a deeper
understanding of you. As counseling
proceeds, trust between you and your
counselor builds and a working partnership
is developed. The counselor will help you
to explore your feelings, make decisions,
and resolve your concerns.

WHAT IF 1 AM EMBARRASSED
TO ASK FOR HELP?


Sometimes students feel like they need help
but are hesitant to reach out. They want to
handle things on their own and may see
counseling as a sign of weakness. Others
may feel uncomfortable talking with
someone of a different race, gender, or
age. However, most students do find
counseling useful in regaining their balance
and succeeding in their college life.





WHAT KIND.OF COUNSELING
IS AVAILA LE*"?

Counseling is available to address
psychological, career, and educational
issues. The Counseling Center offers
counseling in three different ways:

*:* Group Counseling

** Individual Counseling

*: Couples Counseling



While the Counseling Center offers
counseling for a wide variety of concerns,
we also offer some specialized services.
These include:

*:. Career Exploration and Decision-making
+* Multicultural Counseling
. Women's Issues (including eating
disorders, sexual assault/abuse/
harassment, gender roles)

:. Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Counseling

*. Counseling for Students with Disabilities

*. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling






WHY DO PEOPLE COME
TO COUNSELING?


Here are some common concerns:

*. confusing and distressing feelings
:. career indecision
*. low self-confidence
:* depression
* anxiety
** stress
:* substance abuse
: problems with eating and body image
:* relationship problems
*: academic performance
: adapting to college life on your own



WHO WILL KNOW THAT

I AM IN COUNSELING?


Only you can give consent for us to
release any information about you. Any
information about being in counseling
that you might provide to others is up to
you. The information that you provide to
your counselor is strictly confidential,
except in life-threatening situations or
cases of suspected child/elder abuse.
Information in your counseling records is
also confidential and is not part of your
educational record.






WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS?

All of our counselors have had training and
experience working with college students.
Our training and interests span a broad
range of approaches to counseling. Careful
attention will be placed on matching you
with a counselor.



HOW DO I MAKE
AN APPOINTMENT?

Currently enrolled students can come to the
Counseling Center Monday-Friday between
8:00am and 5:00pm to schedule an
appointment. You will be asked to fill out
some paperwork. At the first appointment,
the counselor and student make decisions
about what kind of help is needed and will
be most beneficial. Students requiring
immediate help can be seen on an
emergency basis on the same day.


How MUCH DOES
IT COST?

The services at the Counseling Center are
free to currently enrolled UF students.
Couples counseling is also available to
partners/spouses of eligible students.






WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM

MY COUNSELOR?


You can expect someone who:


** will be affirming of differences of race,
cultural background, ability, gender,
religious affiliation, and sexual orientation.
*. will maintain the highest ethical and legal
standards of confidentiality.
*: is interested in listening to your concerns.
*: will be open to discuss anything you wish.


For additional resources located on
campus, and more information about the
Counseling Center be sure to visit our
home page on the World Wide Web at
www.counsel.ufl.edu.


The University of Florida is committed to non-
discrimination with respect to race, creed, religion, age,
disability, color, sex, marital status, national origin,
political opinions or affiliation, or veteran status.
For students with disabilities, this publication is
available in alternate formats. Please contact the
Counseling Center at 392-1575. Any student requiring
special accommodations as a result of a disability
should contact the Center 72 hours prior to an
upcoming appointment or program. Students with
hearing or speech impairments, please call the Florida
Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).




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