Are counseling services confidential?
Yes, counseling is confidential; and counseling records are not part of a student's academic records. Counseling is most effective when a student can be direct and honest with a counselor without fear that personal information will be divulged, therefore, the Counseling Center does not release information about a student without the student's written permission, except in the following cases: imminent danger to self or others, child/dependent abuse, court order, or otherwise required by law.
As noted above counseling records are not part of academic records, and no one has access to them except the staff of the Norfolk State University Counseling Center.
How much does counseling cost?
Counseling services are free of charge to students. There are no limits placed on the number of sessions that a student can attend at the Counseling Center. We encourage students to take the opportunity to use our services while they are enrolled at NSU.
Who should attend counseling?
Everyone needs someone to talk with at times. Attending counseling makes sense when you are having trouble coping with a stressful situation or solving a personal problem. Counseling offers support, new perspectives, and help considering possible solutions.
What types of concerns are addressed in counseling?
There are many concerns that can be addressed in counseling, including, but not limited to:
- Relational problems with family, friends and/or romantic partners
- Time Management concerns
- Coping with loss
- Self-esteem and confidence issues
- Recovery from trauma such as rape, assault and other crises
- Alcohol and drug related issues
- Communication issues with staff and faculty
How does counseling work?
Counseling is a growth process through which students are helped to define goals, make decisions, and solve problems related to personal, social, academic, and career concerns. Students collaborate with their counselor to define problems that they wish to address and to find solutions to these problems.
How long does counseling take?
The length of counseling depends on the problems and the goals. Often a situational problem or concern about a friend may require only one or two sessions. More substantial crises or recurring problems usually take more time. There are no limits placed on the number of sessions that students can attend while enrolled at NSU.
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