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At the initial session, which will last about 50 minutes, you and your counselor will try to understand what your concerns entail and how they can best be approached. Your counselorwill probably ask a number of questions about your concerns- how you have been feeling, what your life a Saint Aug is like, etc. Also, you may be asked about past influences, including your family life, and about your history of personal concerns or medical difficulties.
A licensed counselor with a special interest in the psychological development of university students will meet with you. He/she will use cognitive-behavioral approaches that can help you clarify your feelings, develop positive goals, and create a plan of actionto achieve your goals.
Information revealed in counseling even the information that you have made an appointment is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for information to be released, The exceptions to this practice are:
The goal of your first meeting is for you and your counselorto arrive at an understanding of your concerns and the kind of assistance you need. Depending on your situation, a number off directions are possible, including:
Naturally, you hold some responsibilityfor the success of your counseling. It may take a while for trust to form in the counseling relationship, but you are encouragedto speak openly and honestly. Most people who receive counseling find it helpful and satisfying. In the process of counseling, it is common to experience painful feelings or thoughts that arouse discomfort. While generally effective, successful counseling is not something that can be guaranteed. If your counseling does not seem to be working for you, the first step is to convey your feelings to your counselor.
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