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 and/or needs regarding characteristics of your counselor or group; and, availability of open slots for therapy. Regarding individual therapy, due to periods of high demand for services (often in the second half of the Fall and Spring semesters), there may be a delay in assigning a student to a counselor. While waiting to be assigned to a counselor, you are encouraged to consider these drop-in services, or you may call UCS any weekday at 8:00 a.m. to request a Same Day Quick Access Appointment if you feel you need urgent or more immediate support.
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.