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SFLORIDA Helping Students Be Successful
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 capabli'of solving
problems on your own.
At first, some students may feel like they
need help but are hesitant to reach out.
They may want to handle things on their
own and may see counseling as a sign of
weakness. Others may feel uncomfortable
talking with someone or a different race,
gender, or age. However, once students
begin counseling, most of them do find
their counseling experience useful in
helping to regain their balance and helping
them to succeed in their college life.
Some students benefit from one or two
session of problem-solving, while some
concerns may warrant further counseling
sessions. In the beginning, your counselor
will ask about your concerns to gain a
deeper understanding of you. As counseling
proceeds, a trusting partnership is
developed between you and your
counselor. Your counselor will help you to
explore your feelings, make decisions, and
resolve your concerns.
HOw DO I MAKE
Currently enrolled students can come to
the Counseling Center Monday-Friday
between 8:00am and 4:30pm 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
How MUCH DOES
The services at the Counseling Center are
free to currently enrolled UF students.
Couples counseling is also available to
partners/spouses of eligible students.
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.
WHY DO PJE COME
Here are some common concerns:
Depression and grief
Stress and anxiety
Women's issues (including eating
disorders, body image, sexual
Issues for students with disabilities
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
WHAT KIND OF COUNSELING
The Counseling Center offers a number of
ways to help students address their
concerns. In general, counseling is offered
in three different ways:
Additionally, for students who are in crisis
or have an emergency situation that
requires immediate help, the Counseling
Center offers emergency times for students.
In those cases, students needing immediate
assistance can be seen on an emergency
basis on the same day.
From time to time, students may need
longer-term counseling. In those cases, the
Counseling Center may consult with
students to find appropriate resource
referrals in the Gainesville area.
WHAT CAN ;jEXPECT FROM
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
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
heanng or speech impairments, please call the Florida
Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).