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Counseling Services/What to Expect

Note: Please review this information if you are coming to the UCC to request an academic accommodation or relief.

Individual Counseling
Short-term individual counseling is available at no cost for various personal issues including: adjustment to university life; stress management; interpersonal relationships with friends, family, or peers; anxiety; depression;  disordered eating and body image issues.  The UCC provides confidential counseling  within a brief therapy model to ensure all students have the opportunity to access our services within a reasonable amount of time.

All UCC staff place a high priority on privacy and confidentiality. All communications between a client and a counselor, including the decision regarding whether or not to seek counseling, are confidential to the full extent provided by law and are not released outside the Counseling Center without a voluntarily signed consent.

What to Expect
Your First Visit:  During your first visit to the counseling center you will be asked to spend about 10-15 minutes completing an informed consent for service, a demographic questionnaire, and an electronic assessment of overall mental health.  Once completed your counselor will review these materials with you as appropriate, and spend approximately 25 minutes with you to discuss your presenting concerns.  During the initial session, your counselor will listen to you to hear the issues that have brought you in, and make recommendations for the types of services (either on- or off-campus) that might be appropriate to help.  As there are annual session limits (maximum 12 per academic year) part of the initial assessment by your counselor may include a discussion about off-campus referral.

Follow-Up Visits:  The length and frequency of follow-up visits to the UCC will be determined in consultation with your counselor.  Meetings typically last for either 25 or 45 minutes.  Some students find relief by coming for 2-3 sessions to talk about something very specific, while others are unsure about how frequently or for how long they would like to attend sessions.  Students are typically seen at biweekly or triweekly intervals.  Positive outcomes in counseling are often dependent upon the work that clients do in between sessions.  We encourage our clients to practice the skills that are learned and discussed in counseling during the time in between sessions.

You may also review these two interviews given by Dr. James Raper, UCC Director, about what the counseling experience is like at the UCC:

Interview: Part I

Interview: Part II

Support and Counseling Groups
Confidential support and counseling groups are offered for students affected by family alcoholism; rape or other sexual assault; grief due to the death of a loved one; family transitions resulting from parents’ separation, divorce and/or remarriage; gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation; disordered eating; body image; and interpersonal relationship issues. Other groups can be initiated depending on the needs of students at any particular time. Groups tailored to specific objectives such as stress management, self-esteem, or assertiveness training are also provided.

UCC staff can assist in referring students to off-campus providers when requested.  We keep an excellent updated list of mental health providers and specialists in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call the University Counseling Center: 336.758.5273.