To begin individual therapy at the UCS, the first step is to schedule a meeting with a UCS staff member for an initial consultation appointment.  This appointment provides an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a therapist and determine which service will best meet your needs. 

Based on this meeting, you and your consultant may agree that group or individual therapy would best suit your needs. If this is the case, the consultant will gather the necessary information from you so that you can begin therapy. 

The length of time from the initial consultation to starting therapy is determined by two main factors:  Your preferences regarding characteristics of your counselor or group; and, availability of open slots for therapy.  For the second half of the fall or spring semesters, it can take three to ten days to match you with your therapist.   While waiting to be assigned to a counselor, you may call UCS any weekday at 8:00 a.m. to request a Same Day Quick Access Appointment.

Our individual therapy services are short-term in nature. This means that you and your assigned counselor will focus on resolving the immediate problems that brought you to the UCS and specific goals. Most students receive between three and eight sessions of counseling. Group, however, can be long-term counseling in which you may participate as long as you need.