Counseling Services provides confidential counseling to assist students with personal, developmental, or psychological concerns related to their academic progress and/or personal growth. Counseling sessions are free of charge on campus. If students prefer, they may meet with a counseling service off campus for a discounted rate.
No attempt will be made to deal with cases of in-depth psychotherapy. A referral system has been developed by Counseling Services to deal with problems of this nature.
The Counseling Services office is located in the Student Union and accepts walk-in and scheduled appointments.
Counseling IssuesGenerally, people seek counseling because they are struggling with issues that affect the way they feel or inhibit their ability to go about their daily lives or meet their goals. These issues can interfere with relationships, affect one's ability to concentrate on school or work, impact one's energy level, appetite, and sleep, and/or create feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. Specifically, people come to Counseling Services for a variety of reasons including:
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Sexual Assault
- Go to a safe place.
- If you want to report the crime, notify the police immediately. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control.
- Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust who can be with you and give you support.
- Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands, or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not clean or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
- Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital emergency department or a specialized forensic clinic that provides treatment for sexual assault victims. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. Having a medical exam is also a way for you to preserve physical evidence of a sexual assault.
- If you suspect that you may have been given a "rape drug," ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
- Get information whenever you have questions or concerns. After a sexual assault, you have a lot of choices and decisions to make - e.g., about getting medical care, making a police report, and telling other people. You may have concerns about the impact of the assault and the reactions of friends and family members. You can get information by calling a rape crisis center, a hotline, or other victim assistance agencies.
- Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims. Counseling can help you learn how to cope with the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. You can find a counselor by contacting a local rape crisis center, a hotline, a counseling service, other victim assistance agencies, or RAINN. RAINN is a national victim assistance organization, at 1-800-656-HOPE. RAINN will connect you to a rape crisis center in your area.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, to go to the ER as soon as possible following the above guidelines. Most victims are not sure directly after the assault if they want to press charges. Even if you are not sure you will press charges against the assailant, you need to get the exam done. This will preserve any evidence in the event you decide to press charges against the person (s) who assaulted you.
If you have questions or concerns about what to do in the event this should happen, please stop by Student Health. If you need counseling services, please contact Ryan Hale.