To begin individual counseling at the UCS, the first step is to schedule a meeting with a UCS staff member for an initial consultation appointment. The purpose of this appointment is to provide an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a UCS staff member and to arrive at a mutually agreeable course of action to address your concerns. You can schedule a consultation appointment by calling (319) 335-7294. Once you have an appointment scheduled, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete paperwork on our in-house computer terminals. The actual consultation appointment typically lasts 45 to 50 minutes.
Based on this meeting, you and your consultant may agree that ongoing group or individual counseling would best suit your needs. If this is the case, the consultant will gather the necessary information from you so that you can be assigned to meet with a staff counselor on an ongoing basis.
If you and your consultant decide that ongoing counseling is the best course of action, you will be paired with one of our groups or staff counselors. The length of time from the initial consultation to pairing with counseling is determined by two main factors: Your preferences regarding characteristics of your counselor or group; and, availability of open slots for ongoing counseling. For the second half of the fall or spring semesters, it can take three to ten days to match you with your ongoing counseling. We do all we can to make your wait for assignment as short as possible. While waiting to be assigned to a counselor, you may walk in any weekday at 8:00 a.m. to meet with the consultant on duty or schedule a Same Day 30-Minute Appointment. No advance registration or scheduling is necessary for this service.
Our services are short-term in nature. Practically, this means that you and your assigned counselor will focus on resolving the immediate problems that brought you to our counseling service. Group, however, can be long-term counseling in which you may participate as long as you need. Most students receive between three and eight sessions of counseling.