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Counseling Center FAQs

What does it cost to receive counseling at the counseling service?
The service is free to enrolled students.

Can my parents, teachers, administrators, and friends get information about whether I'm in counseling, and what's happening in my sessions?
Not unless you give your counselor written permission for such disclosure, or your counselor believes you are at significant risk to hurt yourself or another person.

Do I have to be "crazy" to seek counseling?
No. Students seek counseling for support on everyday issues, such as stress or roommate difficulties, as well as for significant challenges, such as serious depression. Everybody needs someone to talk to once in a while, and if you believe that meeting with someone who is not involved in your everyday life might help you sort things out, then counseling may be beneficial to you.

I have a friend who I think would benefit from counseling. How do I suggest this tactfully?
Suggesting that a friend seek counseling can be a demonstration of caring and concern, not of judgment and condemnation. Tell your friend that you are concerned for his/her well-being, and would like to see him/her feeling more happy and content than is currently the case. Explain to your friend that although you are available to lend support, you are not a professional, and you believe that the assistance you can offer is limited. You can also offer to be with your friend while he/she makes a counseling appointment by phone or in person, and to walk him/her to the counseling center when it is time for the appointment. On occasion students also feel more comfortable if a friend sits in on the first session.

How many sessions will it take to solve my problem? How many sessions do I get?
It depends on the nature of the difficulties you are seeking help for, and what it is that you want to accomplish in counseling. Most students are in counseling for a relatively short time. Some are seen for a shorter period of time, some for a longer period. Occasionally if a student requires very long term counseling, he/she is referred to a mental health professional off-campus due to limited resources.

If my counselor suggests that I join a therapy group instead of seeing me individually, is this a sign that he/she does not want to work with me?
No. Group therapy is often the counseling modality of choice for students. Here students have a unique opportunity to explore interpersonal difficulties in a social situation, and can share and be supported by peers who may have similar experiences.

Can the staff members at the counseling service prescribe medications for me (for depression, anxiety, etc.)?
We do have a consulting psychiatrist who will see students referred by the Counseling Center or an evaluation for medication. You must be referred through the Counseling Center.

How long do I have to wait to get an appointment?
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, the first available counselor will see you. Otherwise, please make an appointment, and you will most likely be seen within a few days.

Do I have a choice of which counselor I meet with?
If you have a preference for a particular counselor we will attempt to meet your request, whenever possible.

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Contact Information

Office Hours: 9am to 5pm
Location: 3rd Floor Seay Building

Lorna S. Farmer, MSW, LCSW,
Director of the Counseling Center
Seay Building, room 310
Phone: 908-852-1400 ext. 2125
Email: farmerl@centenarycollege.edu

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